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One of my son's college friends was a bio major, who graduated in 2002 unsure about studying further or not. He decided to get a lab tech job to see how he liked it, and give him time to come to an educational decision. He got a spot in an important lab at MIT, learned a lot, and also ended up realizing that (1) he would never be comfortable in the culture of that particular lab, and (2) he wanted to go to grad school (he's now in the midst the interviews process).

As I recall, he did most of his initial hunting for prospects at a big bio or biotech meeting that was held in Boston early in the spring that he graduated. He was able to talk to people whose labs he found doing interesting work, which produced several interviews and ultimately, 2 job offers.

So jobs in good labs are available that don't require any advanced degree.

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