How to work in the US with a Master’s in Molecular Biology?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by edelweiss, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. edelweiss macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2010

    I’m European and my plan is to move to the States as soon as possible. Before doing that I have to find a job and get a visa. I’ve got a Masters in Molecular Biology so I’m looking for a job such as Medical technologist, research associate or pharmacist, basically something that involves bench work.
    I applied to some jobs at Mayo Clinic and at Kelly in Phoenix but so far it hasn’t been successful. I have to admit that I’m not familiar with the best ways to find a job in the US so I would really appreciate to get some advices.
    Plus I have noticed that many jobs require a licensure which I don’t have so that makes my searching even more difficult since. An other problem is that a recruiter has to pay for a foreigner (visa, paperwork…) while it’s not the case for an American citizen so I’m not sure that my project is realistic even though I’m really motivated:)
  2. stonyc macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2005
    Couple other sources you might try are Universities, many will have a job search portal on their website, for example:, navigate to Employment > Job Postings > External Candidates & Temporary Staff Job Search, you can sign up for a guest account through there and browse available openings.

    If you're looking more industry, try their websites... for example Try googling for corporations that fit the field of work you're interested in and give them a shot, maybe.

    Good luck.
  3. edelweiss thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2010
    Thanx for the suggestions, I'll have a look :)
  4. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2003
    I'm a Medical Technologist (Clinical Laboratory Scientist) and yes, some states require a license or certification. I suggest you look into getting certified, it will make getting a job easier.

    The American Society for Clinical Pathology gives certifications. Here is the link . The advantage of being a bench tech is that you can qualify to work at any hospital and there is a great demand. Good luck.

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