sarabeth Posted February 26, 2014 Share Posted February 26, 2014 I'm considering a career in biostats but I don't really know what the different possible jobs are and/or what degree would be apporpriate. My BS degree is in chemistry and I have a fair amount of research experience--not as much math experience as I'm sure would be ideal, but I'm not bad at or afraid of it. I'm currently a clinical research coordinator. I'd like to stay in the clinical research field but I'd really like to get into the data analysis side -- something that actually uses my brain and isn't purely administrative paperwork. Hence biostats seems like a good fit. I've done a little bit of statistics in the form of databases and SQL, and I took one biological statistics class in college (class of 2011 so not too long ago). I got A's in Calculus 1,2 and 3, but did not take differential equations or linear algebra. I like the idea of an MPH because it is still health focused and could be better for someone like me without a super heavy math background. It's also very nice that there are a handful of purely online MPH programs that I could do while still working full time. But can I actually get a biostatistician job with that kind of background? Or do any sort of data analysis for clinical trials? I don't think I'm really interested in being a public health administrator, I'd really prefer to keep doing research of some kind. If I do go the MPH route, does it matter if I do a program that has an explicit emphasis on biostats, or would it be OK as long as I took classes in biostats? What about an epidemiology emphasis? Financially it doesn't seem worth it for me to quit my job and go into debt to get a masters -- so an MA/MS in biostats is out. But there are some online MS in stats programs I'm considering, does anybody have any experience with those? I would need a couple pre-reqs, and it would probably be more rigorous, but I'd be glad to start using my brain again (seriously my current job is 100% paperwork, no thinking required). Or there's always the option to jump into a PhD (not right away but in a year or two once I've taken the prereqs and confirmed that's what I want), which would be fully funded and prepare me for the highest level of careers. But It's such a long commitment, and doesn't seem to pay significantly more than the masters level jobs I've seen. Would a PhD be worth it if I don't want a faculty position in academia and I don't necessarily care about ascending to the tippy-top? Don't get me wrong, I definitely want to be able to move up to a senior level position, just not necessarily a director position. I hope all of this made sense, I really appreciate any input/advice anyone might have. Thanks for reading this! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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