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QUALITY CONTROL ANALYST, IN-DEPTH: Try Something To See If You Like It

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Clark is a Quality Control Analyst for a biotech company. Clark goes into detail about what he likes and dislikes about his job, key career decisions he made and the difficulty of getting a job in the biotech field.

School: University of California Santa Cruz
Degree: Molecular Biology - Biochemistry
Job Title: Quality Control Analyst
Employer: Quintara Biosciences

Job Summary: Biological Technicians

Job Description

Biological technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

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$25,000 - $65,000
Projected job growth
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10 to 20 percent
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Full-time
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Home, Physically demanding, Indoor, Office
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Analytical skills, Teamwork, Written communication skills

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m='16219'>biology</span> <span m='16650'>service,</span> <span m='17760'>there's</span> <span m='17890'>still</span> <span m='18200'>a</span> <span m='18320'>lot</span> <span m='18520'>of</span> <span m='18610'>detail</span> <span m='18960'>about</span> <span m='19260'>it</span> <span m='19460'>that</span> <span m='19660'>most</span> <span m='20080'>biologists</span> <span m='20550'>don't</span> <span m='20650'>know.</span> <span m='21690'>And</span> <span m='21840'>so</span> <span m='21920'>I</span> <span m='21980'>get</span> <span m='22150'>to</span> <span m='22210'>be</span> <span m='22360'>the</span> <span m='22510'>expert</span> <span m='23410'>and</span> <span m='24700'>provide</span> <span m='25020'>solutions</span> <span m='25550'>to</span> <span m='26205'>hard</span> <span m='26510'>problems</span> <span m='26870'>for</span> <span m='27010'>other</span> <span m='27140'>people.</span> <span m='28320'>And</span> <span m='28710'>it's</span> <span m='28850'>satisfying</span> <span m='29870'>knowing</span> <span m='30270'>that I</span> <span m='30340'>helped</span> <span m='30540'>someone,</span> <span m='30970'>and</span> <span m='31200'>it's</span> <span m='31480'>also</span> <span m='31660'>satisfying</span> <span m='31959'>arriving</span> <span m='32259'>at the</span> <span m='32740'>conclusion</span> <span m='33180'>to</span> <span m='33250'>a</span> <span m='33310'>problem.</span> </p><p><span m='34280'>What</span> <span m='34380'>I</span> <span m='34430'>don't</span> <span m='34640'>like</span> <span m='34820'>about</span> <span m='35000'>my</span> <span m='35110'>job</span> <span m='35460'>is,</span> <span m='35580'>maybe,</span> <span m='36740'>intrinsic</span> <span m='37310'>to</span> <span m='37410'>the</span> <span m='37510'>whole</span> <span m='37700'>field</span> <span m='38050'>of</span> <span m='38480'>biotech.</span> <span m='42820'>Compared</span> <span m='43220'>to</span> <span m='43280'>other</span> <span m='44770'>high-skilled</span> <span m='45440'>technical</span> <span m='45850'>jobs,</span> <span m='46290'>it</span> <span m='46370'>doesn't</span> <span m='46620'>pay very</span> <span m='47030'>well.</span> <span m='49060'>You</span> <span m='50680'>basically</span> <span m='50990'>have</span> <span m='51150'>to</span> <span m='51250'>live</span> <span m='51500'>in</span> <span m='52050'>Boston</span> <span m='54530'>or</span> <span m='54810'>the</span> <span m='54930'>Bay</span> <span m='55140'>area</span> <span m='55730'>if</span> <span m='55870'>you</span> <span m='55990'>want</span> <span m='56150'>to</span> <span m='56220'>work</span> <span m='56910'>in</span> <span m='57070'>the</span> <span m='57150'>field,</span> <span m='58200'>because</span> <span m='58660'>that's</span> <span m='58840'>where all</span> <span m='59010'>the</span> <span m='59090'>biotech</span> <span m='59530'>is.</span> </p><p><span m='61150'>And</span> <span m='63624'>to</span> <span m='64040'>advance</span> <span m='64400'>any</span> <span m='64560'>further</span> <span m='64830'>than</span> <span m='64970'>this,</span> <span m='65349'>or</span> <span m='65610'>very</span> <span m='65820'>much</span> <span m='66040'>further,</span> <span m='66410'>at</span> <span m='66530'>any</span> <span m='66760'>rate,</span> <span m='67320'>I'd</span> <span m='67430'>need</span> <span m='67630'>to</span> <span m='67690'>go</span> <span m='67840'>get</span> <span m='67960'>a</span> <span m='68010'>PhD,</span> <span m='68570'>which</span> <span m='68770'>is</span> <span m='68890'>another</span> <span m='69170'>six</span> <span m='69430'>years</span> <span m='69630'>of</span> <span m='69720'>school,</span> <span m='73080'>which</span> <span m='73290'>you</span> <span m='73380'>wouldn't</span> <span m='73600'>have</span> <span m='73770'>to</span> <span m='73910'>take</span> <span m='74150'>out</span> <span m='74270'>any</span> <span m='74520'>loans</span> <span m='74830'>for.</span> <span m='75100'>But</span> <span m='76220'>you</span> <span m='76330'>do</span> <span m='76510'>get</span> <span m='76680'>paid</span> <span m='76985'>a</span> <span m='77290'>very</span> <span m='77620'>minimal</span> <span m='77980'>stipend.</span> <span m='79340'>basically</span> <span m='79680'>starvation</span> <span m='80220'>wages.</span> <span m='83530'>So</span> <span m='83950'>it</span> <span m='84070'>is</span> <span m='84240'>somewhat</span> <span m='84560'>limited,</span> <span m='85030'>unless</span> <span m='85280'>you're</span> <span m='85400'>willing</span> <span m='85690'>to</span> <span m='85790'>put</span> <span m='85990'>in</span> <span m='88445'>a</span> <span m='88870'>good</span> <span m='89070'>deal</span> <span m='89250'>of</span> <span m='89360'>work</span> <span m='90510'>to</span> <span m='90870'>succeeding</span> <span m='91200'>at it.</span> </p><p><span m='92140'>I'm</span> <span m='92220'>pretty</span> <span m='92840'>early</span> <span m='93130'>in</span> <span m='93220'>my</span> <span m='93350'>career,</span> <span m='93810'>as</span> <span m='93950'>this</span> <span m='94100'>is</span> <span m='94210'>my</span> <span m='94330'>first</span> <span m='94620'>job out of</span> <span m='94970'>college,</span> <span m='97330'>but</span> <span m='97500'>some</span> <span m='97630'>decisions</span> <span m='97930'>that</span> <span m='98230'>I</span> <span m='98300'>made</span> <span m='98550'>that</span> <span m='98650'>led</span> <span m='98850'>me</span> <span m='98960'>here</span> <span m='99230'>were,</span> <span m='99420'>one,</span> <span m='99850'>deciding</span> <span m='100260'>to</span> <span m='100320'>be</span> <span m='100660'>a</span> <span m='100700'>biology</span> <span m='101230'>major,</span> <span m='104570'>and</span> <span m='104740'>two,</span> <span m='104950'>deciding</span> <span m='105380'>I</span> <span m='105420'>wanted</span> <span m='105770'>to</span> <span m='106580'>work</span> <span m='106750'>in</span> <span m='106820'>biotech.</span> <span m='108480'>I don't</span> <span m='108620'>really</span> <span m='108870'>know</span> <span m='109040'>how</span> <span m='109190'>I</span> <span m='109340'>arrived</span> <span m='109610'>at</span> <span m='109800'>that idea.</span> <span m='109870'>It</span> <span m='110190'>seemed</span> <span m='110320'>like</span> <span m='110480'>a</span> <span m='110540'>good</span> <span m='110720'>idea</span> <span m='110990'>at the</span> <span m='111110'>time.</span> <span m='114990'>And</span> <span m='115180'>it's</span> <span m='115330'>actually</span> <span m='115600'>been</span> <span m='115770'>helpful</span> <span m='116250'>in that it</span> <span m='116360'>provides</span> <span m='117556'>a</span> <span m='118510'>focus</span> <span m='119010'>and</span> <span m='120580'>looking</span> <span m='120870'>for</span> <span m='121010'>something.</span> <span m='123030'>And</span> <span m='123180'>if</span> <span m='123260'>you</span> <span m='123340'>don't</span> <span m='123530'>try,</span> <span m='123760'>how</span> <span m='123960'>will you know</span> <span m='124430'>whether</span> <span m='124570'>you</span> <span m='124720'>like it</span> <span m='124970'>or not.</span> </p><p><span m='125790'>In</span> <span m='125890'>the</span> <span m='126000'>last</span> <span m='127850'>five</span> <span m='128750'>years</span> <span m='129259'>or</span> <span m='129470'>maybe</span> <span m='129729'>more,</span> <span m='131500'>it's</span> <span m='131730'>been</span> <span m='131920'>fairly</span> <span m='132230'>difficult</span> <span m='132690'>to get</span> <span m='132950'>a job</span> <span m='133210'>in</span> <span m='133270'>the</span> <span m='133350'>biotech</span> <span m='133770'>industry.</span> <span m='135970'>I assume</span> <span m='136390'>it</span> <span m='136550'>will</span> <span m='136950'>get</span> <span m='137090'>better</span> <span m='137320'>at</span> <span m='137430'>some</span> <span m='137590'>point.</span> <span m='138500'>Things</span> <span m='138770'>always</span> <span m='139020'>do</span> <span m='139490'>change.</span> <span m='141850'>But</span> <span m='141990'>compared</span> <span m='142330'>to</span> <span m='145810'>something</span> <span m='146170'>like</span> <span m='146340'>computer</span> <span m='146660'>programming,</span> <span m='147210'>it's</span> <span m='148080'>definitely</span> <span m='148420'>difficult,</span> <span m='150580'>and</span> <span m='150740'>there's</span> <span m='150990'>far</span> <span m='151230'>fewer</span> <span m='151490'>companies</span> <span m='151980'>than</span> <span m='152200'>something</span> <span m='152890'>in</span> <span m='153290'>the</span> <span m='153690'>more</span> <span m='153850'>general</span> <span m='154120'>business</span> <span m='154510'>field,</span> <span m='154800'>like,</span> <span m='155150'>I</span> <span m='155486'>don't</span> <span m='155822'>know,</span> <span m='156550'>what</span> <span m='156940'>do</span> <span m='157110'>people</span> <span m='157370'>do in</span> <span m='157500'>business,</span> <span m='157880'>accounting?</span> </p><p><span m='159790'>My</span> <span m='159930'>work-life</span> <span m='160330'>balance</span> <span m='160610'>is</span> <span m='160720'>pretty</span> <span m='160950'>good</span> <span m='161350'>at</span> <span m='161500'>this</span> <span m='161660'>company.</span> <span m='163932'>I</span> <span m='164400'>have</span> <span m='164540'>a</span> <span m='164610'>pretty</span> <span m='164820'>long</span> <span m='165040'>commute,</span> <span m='165830'>but</span> <span m='166320'>I</span> <span m='166390'>work</span> <span m='166665'>eight-hour</span> <span m='167280'>days.</span> <span m='167860'>I</span> <span m='167920'>don't</span> <span m='168140'>have</span> <span m='168270'>to</span> <span m='168390'>work</span> <span m='168710'>much</span> <span m='168910'>overtime.</span> <span m='170230'>That's</span> <span m='170490'>nice.</span> <span m='170940'>I</span> <span m='171020'>get</span> <span m='171150'>to</span> <span m='171220'>home</span> <span m='171620'>early</span> <span m='171760'>sometimes</span> <span m='172030'>if</span> <span m='172300'>I</span> <span m='172390'>finish</span> <span m='172710'>up</span> <span m='172850'>early.</span> <span m='176650'>I'm</span> <span m='176750'>not</span> <span m='176940'>sure how</span> <span m='177280'>industry-standard</span> <span m='177880'>that</span> <span m='178150'>is.</span> </p><p><span m='179050'>I deal</span> <span m='179520'>with</span> <span m='179850'>a lot of</span> <span m='180140'>customers</span> <span m='181290'>who</span> <span m='181460'>work a</span> <span m='181560'>lot of</span> <span m='181825'>late</span> <span m='182090'>hours.</span> <span m='187900'>But</span> <span m='188110'>I'm</span> <span m='188180'>sure it</span> <span m='188370'>varies</span> <span m='189060'>depending</span> <span m='189320'>on</span> <span m='189580'>the</span> <span m='189600'>company.</span> <span m='190140'>If</span> <span m='190270'>you</span> <span m='190380'>work</span> <span m='190550'>at</span> <span m='190590'>a</span> <span m='190630'>larger</span> <span m='190940'>company,</span> <span m='192490'>you'll</span> <span m='192650'>probably</span> <span m='192910'>have</span> <span m='193030'>a</span> <span m='193070'>better</span> <span m='193290'>work-life</span> <span m='193680'>balance.</span> <span m='194330'>If</span> <span m='194440'>you</span> <span m='194560'>work</span> <span m='194760'>at</span> <span m='195300'>somewhere</span> <span m='195630'>smaller,</span> <span m='196555'>I have</span> <span m='196930'>a</span> <span m='197070'>friend</span> <span m='197310'>in</span> <span m='197380'>the</span> <span m='197480'>industry</span> <span m='197870'>who</span> <span m='198020'>works</span> <span m='199250'>10-</span> <span m='199450'>to</span> <span m='199540'>12-hour</span> <span m='199920'>days</span> <span m='202250'>with</span> <span m='203560'>quite a</span> <span m='203820'>bit</span> <span m='204050'>of</span> <span m='204360'>regularity.</span> <span m='206650'>But</span> <span m='206750'>if</span> <span m='206860'>you</span> <span m='206980'>work</span> <span m='207190'>for</span> <span m='207310'>somebody</span> <span m='207620'>like</span> <span m='207840'>Novartis,</span> <span m='208100'>then</span> <span m='212010'>I</span> <span m='212040'>think</span> <span m='212190'>it's</span> <span m='212320'>pretty</span> <span m='212510'>good.</span> </p>","file":{"id":577002,"video_id":"","name":"2929-Clark - Biotech IN DEPTH.mp4","duration":213391,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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