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    Default Double degree, Biology and Philosophy?? What now?

    It's looking very likely that I will graduate with a two degrees, one in Philosophy and the other in Biology. How this came about is beyond me and I'm a bit perplexed as to how this will shape my future professional career. I honestly just ended up studying what I thought was interesting at the time and that mindset has gotten me into the schizophrenic mess I'm in today. I wasn't targeting any specific career (which I wouldn't recommend by the way..school is way too expensive to be messing around like I was/am)..

    I'll probably graduate within a year..(perhaps longer depending on how course schedules line up)..and I have no idea where I'll be after that. I really don't want to work a two bit job, so I was thinking grad school, law school, med school, or something else..

    But, assuming I do stop going to school and join the real world, what job industries would you recommend I look into? Where, if anywhere, would a Biology and Philosophy degree be useful/needed/highly valued? Is there a niche for philosophical biologists, or biological philosophers?

    Any and all comments appreciated.

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    Philosophy seems so dead outside of academics.. if you want to be a professor of sorts, this seems to be useful. I haven't seen much success with it outside of that.
    Biology is such a wide field, you almost have to start interning at places, helping researching, or finding a more specific thing to help tailor your resume from "biology". "The study of life" is just too broad a category.

    Luckily, most of the time degrees don't mean a ton. They mean more to have one than to not, but the label doesn't suggest being a subject matter expert or anything either. We hired a guy in IT one time because he had a degree in microbiology. THe reasoning? "HE must be smart." .. We could have found someone with no degree, but years of computer experience, but we chose that dude. Not to say he'd never touched a computer in his life, but the label under his studies didn't mean much. The degree stands for hard work, and dedication, and motivation to finish what you start. It stands for education as a whole--everyone knows you don't JUST learn "biology" in college.

    So, use that all to your advantage. You never mentioned what sort of work you want to get into.. but you did mention you have no idea. I would start with creating one. Research jobs, ask people and professors about jobs.. just look around and see what is out there. If you find something that sparks your interest, find out the requirements, and go for it. If you fail, or end up not liking it, you can always find something related to it. Always.
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    I'd go to grad school for biology. It's certain that the philosophy degree will actually enhance your chances of admission. It's possible you might find a position in the medical ethics community but I think that normally that required more specialized training/education (though I may be wrong). I think you'll find any scientific career really requires a masters to get past very basic, entry level positions.
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    Medical ethics, like jimrckhnd said, is something to get into with a degree in both philosophy and bio. Even the philosophical half would be quite useful for enhancing your perspective in biological research.
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    Yep, bioethics is what I was thinking too. You could also try law school and go into patent law if you have a bioengineering degree. I think a masters usually suffices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    Yep, bioethics is what I was thinking too. You could also try law school and go into patent law if you have a bioengineering degree. I think a masters usually suffices.
    You know... law school is a very interesting idea with that background - particularly with certain aspects of intellectual property law. Good thought!
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    Though law will almost always pay off, the jobs have become so competitive that many law degree holders now struggle to find work. More lawyers exist than jobs at the moment. This will likely change in the next 5-10 years as those who would have gone into law choose other occupations and open up the field again.

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    Write a book? With that kind of knowledge, you might be able to sell some niche books. You will not be able to pay off your school debt, but it could be fun!
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