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Explore Your Next Career Steps

“…if you have a goal that is very, very far out, and you approach it in little steps, you start to get there faster. Your mind opens up to the possibilities."
— Mae Jemison, MD, first African American woman astronaut

A science background can prepare you for many professions, so broaden your horizons. Take the time to learn about what is needed for biomedical career opportunities in small liberal arts colleges, research universities and medical schools, large pharmaceutical companies, the biotechnology industry, teaching, science policy and science communication, for example.

Research careers also involve more than science skills. Seek opportunities to learn how to communicate and find funding for your ideas. NIH training and research education programs and professional organizations help you build skills appropriate to your career stage, from CV preparation to grant writing. Learn more about professional development:

Join a Community of Scientists, or Find out what it Takes to be One

Seek advice and mentoring at each career stage by reaching out to role models and networks of scientists. Explore professional societies and affinity groups that connect researchers from diverse backgrounds to mentors. In addition to the resources provided below, visit the Meet NIH-Funded Researchers page to find out more about scientists from underrepresented backgrounds and learn about their path to successful careers in research.

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