Exploring Career Paths

There are many possible career paths for those with a PhD. Learn more about different employment options.

Career Options

There are a myriad of potential careers for an individual with a science PhD. The following links will connect you to professional organizations with information about some of them.

Clinical ​Data Management

Clinical Research

Corporate Communications

Drug Safety

Investment Banking/Analyst

Medical Science Liaison

Medical Writing

Patent Law or Patent Agent

Project/Program Management

Regulatory Affairs

Research Administration

Science and Public Policy

Science Writing

Technical Writing

Technology Transfer and Licensing

Think Tanks

Federal Government Jobs

Nine percent of PhD scientists are employed by the federal government. This Web site has useful information on positions in the federal government.

Partnership for Public Service
This is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that encourages government employment by providing information about government agencies, internships and job openings. See "Where the Jobs Are" for projections on future employment of scientists.


One way to learn about careers in industry is to do an internship. The following companies provide great internship opportunities.

Abbott Laboratories


Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

AT&T Labs, Inc.

Becton Dickinson and Company

BioLogic Company



Eli Lilly and Company





Johnson & Johnson

Merck & Co.

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research


Procter & Gamble


Wisconsin Biotech Companies

If you are interested in pursuing a position in Wisconsin, here are three Web sites that contain links to Wisconsin companies.

BioForward is a member-driven association with a mission to provide Wisconsin's bio industry with the support needed to flourish. Their Web site includes a searchable database of Biotech companies in Wisconsin and the surrounding area.

This Web site provides a suite of easy-to-use, searchable databases for jobs, company information, and new developments in the Madison, Wisconsin biotechnology industry, covering 150 local companies and connections to an additional 250 of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

University Research Park - University of Wisconsin-Madison
This Web site includes a list of all the University Research Park tenants and their profiles. It also provides the option to search the tenants by category.

Contact Us

MCW Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows may schedule confidential career consultation appointments to discuss any aspect of their professional development or job search concerns. Website questions, comments and concerns are also welcome.

Career Services – Graduate School Office
Medical Education Building
First Floor, M1420
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

John Lombardo, PhD
(414) 955-4977 | jplombar@mcw.edu

Ms. Paris Eason
(414) 955-8547 | paeason@mcw.edu

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