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In Biotech Training Programs Expand Employment Options, Cliff Mintz describes some industry-specific courses -- from short-term certificates to Ph.D. programs -- that can help industry employers take notice.

In “A Pharma Industry in Crisis,” Elisabeth Pain, our contributing editor for Europe, notes that scientists seeking careers in the pharmaceuticals industry must adapt to sweeping changes.

In “Advice for Future Pharma Scientists: Start Small,” staff writer Michael Price and Elisabeth Pain suggest that as the industry moves away from the big pharma model, aspiring drug development scientists would be well advised to take a careful look at smaller companies.

Just last month, Dave Jensen, our Tooling Up columnist, wrote about clinical research careers.

As science has become more sophisticated, the skills needed to conduct cancer clinical trials have become more extensive.

In March, Jensen wrote about finding work in a clogged job market. Essential reading.

In "Little r - Big D," Jensen wrote about jobs further along the drug development pipeline.

In May 2010, Jensen wrote about medical writing and corporate intelligence careers in the drug development industry.

This article from 2010 focused on new opportunities in translational research arising from the changes in the drug development industry.

In February 2010, Jensen wrote about working as an applications scientist in the industry.

Recruiters will tell you that the words "project management experience" are golden on an industry CV.

That September, Jensen wrote about careers in regulatory affairs.

Jensen's July 2009 column was about working in biomanufacturing.

Jensen's 2009 article on careers in the business-development side of industry remains relevant and important.

Earlier that year, Clifford Mintz wrote about changes in the pharmaceutical industry during the early stages of the financial crisis and their effect on pharma-industry employment.

In this kind of job-seeking climate, Jensen wrote in February 2009, job seekers can't afford to make mistakes.

This 2007 article focused on short-term contract work in biotech and pharma.

In 2005, we ran a special feature on research careers in the biotech industry. This article on working in a young biotech company offers advice that's still relevant.

Matthew Bell talks about deciding whether a drug development career is right for you.

Jensen's two-part “Raising the Startup” (here and here) from 2004 remains an informative read.

This Science special issue from 2004 -- topic: Drug Discovery -- contains much interesting reading.

Here's the Science Careers contribution to that feature.

This 2003 biotech-focused article offers good career advice, reminding us that tough times for the industry didn't start with the financial crisis.

There's much that's of interest -- even prescient -- in this 2003 article on a novel drug discovery experiment in Helsinki.

While you should always be skeptical of claims of a "skills shortage," there's useful information in this 2003 article on the expansion of the biotech industry.

In this personal essay, Tessa Trasler talks about moving from academia into the pharmaceuticals industry.

Jensen wrote about the global biotechnology roller-coaster job market in 2002.

Jensen's 2001 list of biotech buzzwords is still useful for due diligence before an interview or a cocktail party with industry types.

In 1999, Jensen wrote about wisdom he has collected from biotech leaders on working in their industry.

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