Career Development Resources


What can I do with a degree in Pharmacology?


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A question often asked by those interested in a pursuing a degree in pharmacology. But graduates in Pharmacology can find themselves with a wide range of career opportunities to pursue. This page contains several resources for Pharmacology graduate students to use as they consider their career paths and interests. The goal is to inform students about career development information and activities that are available at the national, local, and university level. Additionally, actively pursing the resources within these links can help build important career connections as well as begin career networking.

For some students, choosing a career path can be a difficult and stressful decision; however, these resources can help aid in the transition from student to professional life. Career exploration and job searching should be an exciting time for a graduate student, NOT a difficult or uncomfortable task.


At the U:
Career Resources on Campus

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College of Biological Sciences:

A workshop designed to empower participants to discover the value of your skills beyond applied research and to map broader career landcapes

Medical School & Graduate Program Specific

The Microbiology Immunology and Cancer Biology Program's Graduate Career Development committee aims to promote education, opportunity, inclusion and excellence surrounding the exploration of available career paths.
A committee that supports neuroscience graduate student career development by providing resources and events to help identify and pursue career goals.

General UMN Career Resources

The Graduate School provides programs, resources, and events to help you with every step along the way - from identifying potential career paths, to developing skills to compete for them, to managing your career.
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute offers career development seminars that are learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and studnets on a variety of research-related topics.
The University of Minnesota's internet-based resource to help connect students and alumni with organizations that provide employment, volunteer opportunities, and internships throughout the world.
A guide to career resources at the University of Minnesota

Academic (Postdoc) Career Resources

A $36M investment by Minnesota's legislature that partners university researchers and state industries to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in Minnesota and beyond.
The Center for Education Innovation offers a set of courses designed to provide a teaching and learning forum in which participants discuss learning theory and strategies, develop teaching skills, create classroom and job search materials, and work with faculty from a range of institutional types.
The University of Minnesota Post-Doctoral Association aims to improve the quality of the postdoctoral experience on campus and to facilitate the long-term success of its members.
Courses offered at the university for those interested in Data Science.
Get trained on supercomputing at the MSI.

Consulting & Technology Transfer Career Resources

The Advanced Professional Degree Consulting Club provides a highly informative forum for graduate students to learn about consulting as a career option.
An interdisciplinary program that combines basic research, applied and translational research, education and training, and outreach and public engagement all related to medical devices.
The MIN-Corps offers a variety of short-term non-credit bootcamps and workshops aimed at catalyzing technology commercialization across the University of Minnesota.
The TLI offers courses and seminars related to creation of medical device innovations where you can apply the experience you've gained from your current degree.
The MILIsa aims to develop new leaders for success in the global medical industry by creating opportunities for MILIsa members to engage medical industry representattives and recruiters and prepare them for medical industry interviews leading to successful transitions post-graduation.

Entrepreneurship Career Resources

the OTC Oversees all aspects of technology commercialization at the Universty, bridgint the gap between the lab and the marketplace to connect faculty with companies to achieve results.
The Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship in the Carlson School of Management has several clubs and programs that interested students can join.
A collaborative venture between the Carlson School of Management, the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Design and sponsoring companies. Teams of students and faculty work over nine months to develop a working prototype of a new product and a business plan and then complete the process to product launch.
An excellent program that offers courses for those students who are interested in entrepreneurship.

Science & Technical Writing Career Resources

Inquiry promotes U of M research excellence and innovation to a broad audience and taps into the collective knowledge of our research community. We welcome ideas for original stories as well as story submissions from across the university.
Two Courses of note are:
WRIT 8520 - Seminar in Scientific and Technical Communication
WRIT5196 - Internship in Scientific and Technical Communication
The online graduate certificate in technical communication program provides graduate-level instruction for working professionals and students to enhance your knowledge and skills in technical communication. The graduate certificate prepares you for jobs such as technical writer and editor, web content writer and management, information architect, online content/social media editor, and e-learning designer.

Law Career Resources

The University of Minnesota has a long, proud history of innovation & discovery, and our office works to get the revolutionary technologies that result from this research into the hands of the public. We understand each stakeholder has specific needs. To best respond to those needs, we are organized into industry groups, ensuring we have the right knowledge and experience at the table.
The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community, with nearly 14,000 members. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals from law firms, companies, and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.

Science Policy Career Resources

The Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Humphrey School focuses on public issues arising at the intersection of science, technology, environment, and society that shape economic development, environmental sustainability, human health and well-being. By integrating science with public policy, community action, and multi-sector governance, the center advances the common good in a complex and diverse world.