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April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

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Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

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Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

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Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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April 8, 2014

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Jewish World Review July 18, 2006 / 22 Tamuz, 5766

If I Had but one word of career advice to give

By Marty Nemko

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the 1967 movie, The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman was offered one word of career advice: plastics. If, today, I were limited to one word, it would be: biotech.

First of all, the field is expected to make a bigger difference in human lives than any other. I had the honor to attend a panel discussion among five Nobel laureates, and the one thing they agreed on was that this would be The Biotech Century. It is likely that within your lifetime, the biotech industry will have helped countless people avoid the ravages of cancer, depression, heart disease, and mental retardation.

Biotech is already huge. It represents one-third of the world's economy, according to Dr. Gurinder Shahi, director of U.S.C's Global BioBusiness Initiative. Obviously, biotech is involved in pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and biodefense. But there are many less obvious players. For example, in June, giant energy company BP, (the former British Petroleum), joined the Biotechnology Industry Organization because BP is creating genetically-engineered plants for use as an alternative source of energy.

The U.S. has 1,300 purely biotech companies in, more than 800 in the San Francisco Bay Area alone. And the biotech boom is only likely to increase. I've not heard one expert assert that biotech has peaked. And according to BayBio, an industry organization, in, 2006, biotech firms will have hired 8,000 new workers in the Bay Area alone, with employment predicted to rise 10-20% each year for the foreseeable future.

But you say, "I don't have a Ph.D. in genetics, and I can't see getting one." According to Moira Gunn, producer and host of BiotechNation, a nationally syndicated public radio show, only a fraction of jobs in the biotech industry require cutting-edge biotech expertise. As the industry is maturing, with products moving into clinical trials and actual production, jobs are increasingly available in less science-intensive areas such as manufacturing, marketing, sales, regulation compliance, accounting, and human resources. Some biotech knowledge is required, but often a liberal arts graduate can tack on a masters degree or even just a few-month-long certificate program and acquire enough biotech knowledge to become employable in this hot field.

Biotech education and training is available at many colleges (including, perhaps surprisingly, at community colleges), especially those located in biotech's top 10 geographic hubs: San Jose, CA; San Francisco, CA; Fairfield County, CT; Boston, MA; Nassau and Suffolk Counties, NY; Tulsa, OK; Shreveport, LA; Athens, GA; Sioux Falls, SD; and Montreal, QC. (Source: the Boyd Company, a Princeton, NJ-based biotechnology consulting firm.) Online courses are also available at geneed.com. Baybio.org contains a number of publications, including an online monthly newsletter. The site is an education in itself. It also includes listings for all 800+ Bay Area biotech companies.

And if you have a background in a related field, a modest amount of biotech education can make you not only employable, but in demand. For example, comfortable around computers? According to Gunn, information security is one of biotech's hottest subareas. The explosion in the amount of health information available on patients along with the vast increase in privacy paperwork required by new government HIPAA regulations means a great need for programmers, database administrators, health administrators, medical records technicians, and informaticians-people who can sort out the mass of paper.

A perhaps more interesting option is to get involved in clinical trials. According to Gunn, there are three clinical cancer trials underway for every cancer patient in the U.S! Those trials require many doctors, nurses, and administrators.

Truly, if I had a son or daughter just starting out, or even if I myself were looking for a new career, the one word I'd think of first is biotech.


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