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Old 07-19-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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Hello everyone - I'm a recent grad from the U of U in Utah with a degree in biology. I've spent some time in Austin when a friend of mine lived there and I LOVE the city. I've been wanting to move here for some time, but it seems that it is very difficult to break into the entry level job market, especially when I am currently living in another state. I will be moving to Dallas in September, and I'm planning on staying with relatives until I can get on my feet with a job. While I like Dallas, it doesn't hold a candle to Austin. However, I've been told that there are a lot more jobs to be had in Dallas and it certainly seems that way on the online job sites. Would I be better off trying to get a job in Dallas and then work my over to Austin after having been in the state for a while? How hard is it for a non-UT grad to get a job in Austin? Is there a demand in Austin for people with biology degrees? If so, what companies should I be looking at in Austin? I'd prefer something in medical/pharmeutical sales, though I have considered Lab work as well.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:58 PM
 
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Pharma sales jobs are pretty close to impossible to get here. Any openings are usually filled by people working in less desirable markets (Lubbock, Waco, Abilene) who transfer to Austin.

There are a lot of bio-medical research firms, however. Good luck!
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:36 AM
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Location: Knoxville, TN
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Well, my husband has a PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and has not been able to find adequate employment in 6 yrs in the field. I DO however see lots of things for undergrad degrees...check craigslist job catagory as well as the other major sites and then google the biotech/biomed businesses and contact them directly~ Good Luck.
Even some of the clinical research companies have postings often!
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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This might help some Austin Jobs, Career Advice, Job Fairs, Events & Employment Information for Austin TX | Statesman Jobs

Several resources on the page.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:56 PM
 
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How hard is it for a non-UT grad to get a job in Austin?
VERY hard.

Try Dallas, perhaps even Houston. They may not be as "fun" as Austin, but they are both a short road trip away and have far more career opportunities. No use living in a carnival if you're broke and unemployed.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Austin
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VERY hard.

Try Dallas, perhaps even Houston. They may not be as "fun" as Austin, but they are both a short road trip away and have far more career opportunities. No use living in a carnival if you're broke and unemployed.
Well, don't carnivals need someone to run the rides? Or barkers?........
Carnivals have job opportunities too.....and not just for escaped convicts!
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Dallas via NYC via Austin via Chicago
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In addition to the traditional job search, network as much as you can. Austin is MUCH easier to network and meet people than in most cities. People are friendly and it seems that everyone knows everyone.
Good Luck!
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:20 PM
 
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How hard is it for a non-UT grad to get a job in Austin?
VERY HARD unless you're from Ivy League (or equivalent - MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, CIT etc ) or are very good at what you do.

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Is there a demand in Austin for people with biology degrees?
NO, at least not B.S./B.A. degree holders.
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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There are a decent number of lab jobs with places like the Dept of Health. You can probably also try to get on with one of the biomedial engineering companies, or possibly with one of the non-biological labs (or, at least, not stictly bio). The semi-conductor companies have them, and there are private labs that do lots of work for the petrochemical industry. City of Austin also employs a few, I think too.
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