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Should I go into biotechnology or medicine in terms of a job

I was wondering if I should become a biotechnologist or a doctor. Reason for being a biotechnologist is that I find the content interesting and I want to start a business in the because I think it's going to become a large industry in the future if ain't already. Though I realise I could do an intercalated degree in biotech along with med school . I was thinking if I become a doctor it will give me a lot of knowledge about potential products and how they will be used as well as that, I'd be able to raise a lot of money so my Chances of running a biotech business will be more tangible. I think I'd get by in medschool as I have also researched about it and I'm likely going to have more than the necessary grades. I'm willing to study several hours a day as Im very interested in the sciences as well as working in a clinical setting. I'm also wondering if learning to programme would be useful in my goal as it seems that computers skills are going to be a very useful asset too.
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Reply 2
Original post by Sigmakernal
I was wondering if I should become a biotechnologist or a doctor. Reason for being a biotechnologist is that I find the content interesting and I want to start a business in the because I think it's going to become a large industry in the future if ain't already. Though I realise I could do an intercalated degree in biotech along with med school . I was thinking if I become a doctor it will give me a lot of knowledge about potential products and how they will be used as well as that, I'd be able to raise a lot of money so my Chances of running a biotech business will be more tangible. I think I'd get by in medschool as I have also researched about it and I'm likely going to have more than the necessary grades. I'm willing to study several hours a day as Im very interested in the sciences as well as working in a clinical setting. I'm also wondering if learning to programme would be useful in my goal as it seems that computers skills are going to be a very useful asset too.


Lol, doubtful.

Sounds like your primary interest is technology so I would just go for that.
!!! This is crazy we are in the exact same boat! I love both the content in biotechnology and medicine, as well as lab-research and clinical work. So I really struggled to choose between Medicine and Biochemistry/biotech. I've been reading through some discussions on TSR, and it seems that combining an intercalated degree with medicine, as you mentioned earlier, could be a possibility. However, I think it depends on the type of research you're looking for. Many academic clinicians tend to work in part-time research, which is typically more clinically oriented. If your interests lean more towards lab-based research, a biology-related degree might be better, as It focuses more on scientific research and is a shorter course. For biotech, I think this may be a better option? Because biotech does not necessarily have to be related to medicine, right?

I'm quite lost as well when it comes to deciding which path is better. I've already taken/applied for several work experiences and volunteering opportunities in hospitals and pharmacies, and I really enjoyed them. Plus, not pursuing medicine might feel like I'm letting those experiences go to waste. On the other hand, I really liked biotech, especially genetic engineering, and it would be cool to work in labs!

I will need to do more research on the intercalated degree and see if it is worth it!!! Let me know if you have found anything!
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Reply 4
have u decided what you want to do now?? i’m in the same predicament
Reply 5
Original post by solariium
have u decided what you want to do now?? i’m in the same predicament

Quite frankly no 😅😅 I'm still trying to figure out whether I should go out on a limb into biotech as I see medicine as a good primary plan cos of job security tho I'm prob gonna do biotech as intercalated degree and prob base it on the medical/pharmaceuticals side or perhaps agricultural side of things

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