Non-academic careers for STEM

Sample of Non-Academic Positions Reported by Penn M.A.s and Ph.D.s in STEM fields, 2009-2015

The positions reported here come from Career Services' annual surveys of M.A. and Ph.D. recipients. Many Penn Ph.D.s from STEM research fields report taking faculty positions in higher education or postdoctoral research appointments. Most of the M.A.s whose positions are reported here entered doctoral programs and subsequently decided not to complete them.

The data below are intended to show the range of positions accepted by Penn graduates.There are many ways to explore the career paths taken by Penn PhD alumni, and each will provide you with a slightly different perspective. Learn how to use the "Find Alumni" tool on LinkedIn as a great way to explore career paths across industries for your discipline, or more broadly, by watching the video at the bottom of this page.

Program/DegreeEmployer, DepartmentPosition Title
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, PhD

The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.

ETHOS Health Communications, Writing and Editorial ServicesMedical Writer

Genscript USA Inc., Sales/Technology Support
Sales Manager

L.E.K. Consulting
Life Science Specialist

Software Engineer II
Bioengineering, PhD

Abbott Laboratories, Translational Imaging and Biochemistry
Senior Scientist


Allergan Medical, Tissue and Materials Science

BioMimetic Therapeutics

Bloomberg Financial L.P., Research and Development

Boston Consulting Company

Carolinas Healthcare System, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Research Program Manager

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Radiology Research

Doctors Research Group, Engineering
R&D Engineer

ETHOS Health Communications
Medical Writer

eMolecules, Inc, Research and Development
Senior Scientist

FHC, Engineering
Product Development Engineer

The Frankel Group

Integra LifeSciences Corporation, Research and Development

Janssen Research and Development, Immunology

L.E.K. Consulting
Life Science Specialist Consultant

Life Technologies
Staff Scientist, Biology

McKinsey and Co

Medtronic, Biologics Division

Merck, Sterile Formulation Sciences

National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging
Postdoctoral IRTA

Palantir Technologies
Forward Deployed Engineer

Senior Analyst

Siemens Corporate Research, Imaging & Visualization
Research Scientist

Swiftwater Group, LLC
Senior Manager

US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center
Research Engineer
Biology, PhD

Abbott Molecular, Tech Support
Senior Molecular Application Specialist

American Journal ExpertsPart-time Editor
Teaching Fellow
Biostatistics, PhD

Arbor Research Collaborative for Health
Associate Research Scientist

BioStat Solution Inc, Biomarker Group

The EMMES Corporation

Mathematical Statistician
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, PhD

Senior Engineer

Biogen Idec, Process Biochemistry
Senior Engineer I

BlackRock, Financial Modeling Group

Dow AgroSciences
Formulation Chemist

Dow Chemical, Core R&DSenior Engineer

Exxon Mobil, Process Development DivisionAdvanced Researcher

Genentech, Pathology
Postdoctoral Researcher

Intel, D1C Yield
Yield Analyst

Johnson Matthey Inc.
System Application Engineer

L'Oreal, Applied Research
Senior Scientist

Merck & Company, Chemical Process Development and Commercialization
Senior Chemical Engineer

Merck & Company, Clinical Pharmacokinetics
Senior Research Pharmacokinetics

National Starch, Process Technology/Process Innovation
Engineering Associate

SQZ Biotechnologies, R&D
Cell and Molecular Biology, PhD

Advanced Cell Technology, MK/Platelet Program

Business Development Analyst

Articulate Science
Medical Writer

AstraZeneca, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease

Chameleon Communications
Associate Medical Writer

ClearView Healthcare partners

Deloitte, Consulting, Technology

ETHOS Health Communications, Medical
Medical Writer

Health Interactions
Medical Writer

Janssen, Oncology

Johnson and Johnson Pharma, Centocor, Antibody Engineering
Research Scientist

Journal of Clinical Investigation
News and Reviews Editor

KnowledgePoint 360 Group, LLC, StemScientific
Associate Medical Writer

L.E.K. Consulting
Life Sciences Specialist (Associate Consultant)

Lockheed Martin/NIH, NIAID
NIAID Intramural Research Program Specialist

McKinsey and Company

MediTech Media
Medical Writer

Novartis, Department of Pathway Biology
Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow

Trilogy Writing
Medical Writer

US Army Medical Research Inst. for Infectious Diseases
NRC Research Assistant
Chemistry, PhD

Adesis Inc.

Alfa Aesar, Technical Services
Biochemical Product Specialist

Axalta Coating Systems
Research Chemist

Berje, Inc., Flavors and Fragrances
Manager Trainee

Bridgestone Americas
Center for Research and Technology

Chemtura Corporation, Process Development
Deloitte, Technical Consulting

Dow Chemical, Coating Materials
Senior Chemist

DuPont, Central Research and Development
Research Investigator

Software Engineer

Foley Hoag LLP
Technology Specialist

Principal Scientist

Green Biologics LTD, Business Development
Business Development Analyst

Incyte Corporation, Discovery Chemistry
Research Investigator

Lubrizol, Research and Development
Research Chemist

McKinsey & Company

Milliken and Company, Research
Research Chemist

Merck, Medicinal Chemistry
Senior Scientist

Nixon Peabody LLP
Patent Specialist

Princeton Review 
MCAT Organic Instructor

Riverside Law, LLP
Patent Agent

Roche Palo Alto LLC
Research Scientist

Rohm and Haas Company
Senior Scientist

Schrodinger, Ligand based Drug Design
Senior Developer

USPTOPatent Examiner

W.L. Gore, Core TechnologyPolymer interface Scientist
Computer and Information Sciences, PhD, Items and Offers Pipeline
Software Development Engineer II

AT&T Labs Research, Dependable Distributed Systems
Senior Member of Technical Staff

BBN Technologies, Speech and Language Group 

Software Engineer

Credit Suisse
Alternative Investment IT

Galois Inc.
Software Engineer

Software Engineer

Google, Google X
Software Engineer

Intel Corp., Intel Labs
Research Scientist

Facebook, Inc
Software Engineer

IBM, Performance Modeling and Analysis 

Jet Propulsion Lab, Computer Vision
Research Technologist

LinkedIn, System and Infrastructure
Software Engineer

Computer Scientist

Microsoft Research
Visiting Research Scientist

National Institute of Aerospace
Postdoctoral Associate

NEC Labs
Research Scientist

Ogmento, Inc
Computer Vision Team Lead

Sightlogix Inc, EngineeringSenior Vision Engineer

SRI International, Artificial Intelligence Center
Computer Scientist

Verisign, Inc., Verisign Labs
Research Scientist

Yahoo, Search Department
Senior Software Development Engineer
Environmental Studies, PhD

U.S. Geological Survey, Eastern Earth Surface Process Science Center
Research Geologist
Electrical and Systems Engineering, PhD

Cisco Systems, Engineering
Software Engineer

CPP Investment Board, Total Portfolio Management
Senior Analyst

Cross MediaWorks
Senior Data Scientist

Dow Chemical Company, Core R&D Analytical Sciences
Senior Engineer

Qualcomm Inc., R&D
Senior Engineer

Sparx Engineering
Embedded Engineer

Synapse Product Development, Project Management
Project Manager
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, PhD

Amgen, Inc., Center for Observational Research
Observational Research Manager


Forest Laboratories, Inc., Biostatistics
Senior Statistician

GlaxoSmithKline, Drug Development
Principal Statistician

Johnson & Johnson, R&D Informatics
Senior Research Scientist
Genomics and Computational Biology, PhD

Ariosa Diagnostics, Bioinformatics, Statistician
Software Engineer

Data Scientist

Cematix, Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics Scientist

DNAnexus, Computational
Biology Project Leader

University of Pennsylvania
Senior Research Coordinator
Immonulogy, PhD

Abbvie, Foundational Immunology/Early Biology Unit

Campbell Alliance

Ethos Health Communications
Strategic Consultant-Manager Level

L.E.K. Consulting
Associate Consultant

Medimmune, Respiratory, Inflammation, and Autoimmunity

Pfizer, Immunology and Autoimmunity
Postdoctoral Fellow

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron Genetics Center
Materials Science and Engineering, PhD

ABB, Corporate Research
Materials Scientist


American Journal Experts
Contract Editor

The Dow Chemical Company
Senior Engineer

Intel Corporation, ATTDSenior Packaging Engineer

Spansion, R&D
Senior Technology and Device Engineer

Boston Consulting Group
Mathematics, PhD
Machine Learning Scientist
Bloomberg, R&D
Software Engineering
Software Engineer

MITRE Corporation
Senior Infosec Engineer/Scientist
Mechanical Engineering, PhD

3M, Predictive Engineering and Computational Science
Senior Predictive Engineer

AeroVironment, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems
Controls Engineer

Fleishman-Hillard, Analytics and Insights 
Quantitative Analyst

Intel Corporation, Quality and Reliability
Reliability Engineer
KMel Robotics, R&D
Senior Research Engineer

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs, Intelligent Robotics Lab
Engineering Staff

Lockheed Martin, Weapon System Engineering
Senior Engineer

Neocis Inc.
Senior Robotics Engineer

Rethink Robotics, Controls
Robotics Engineer

Schlumberger, Drilling and Measurements
Field Engineer Trainee - Tech and Field Program

Seagate Technology, Advanced Reliability Technology
Senior Modeling Engineer
Microbiology and Virology, PhD

Ethos Health Communications
Strategic Consultant
Neuroscience, PhD

ACE Group, Data Analytics and Predictive Modeling Unit
Predictive Modeling Analyst or Assistant Actuary

The Advisory Board Company
Syndicated Research Consultant

ETHOS Health Communications, Strategic Scientific Communications
Medical Writer

Evolved Capital
Chief Technical Officer

Regulatory Scientist

GeneDx, Diagnostics
Review Analyst

Harrison and Star, Medical
Jr. Medical Director

Massachusetts General Hospital, Gastrointestinal Research
Medical Writer

McKinsey and Company

Nature Publishing Group, Nature Neuroscience
Assistant (Manuscript) Editor

Navigant Consulting
Senior Consultant

Nucleus Global, Editorial
Medical Writer

Research!America, Advocacy
Science Policy Fellow

Acquisitions Editor

Spruce Biosciences
Chief Scientific Officer

Teledyne Scientific
Research Scientist
Pharmacology, PhD

American Journal Experts
Freelance Editor

Articulate Science, Client Services 
Account Executive

BGB Group
Medical Writer

BioLegend, Inc., Sales and Marketing
Technical Services Scientist

Bristol Myers Squibb, Biotransformation
Research Investigator I

Food and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine 
Biologist Reviewer

Health Interactions, Editorial/Scientific Services
Medical Writer

IMS Health, IMS consulting Group
Associate Consultant

McKinsey & Company

Medical Writer

MedErgy Healthgroup
Medical Writer

Senior Analyst

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Intellectual Property
Scientific Advisor
Physics, PhD
Design Engineer I

Luna Innovations Inc.
Research Scientist

MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Technical Defense Systems
Technical Staff Member

Quantitative Brokers, Quant Research
Quantitative Researcher
Physics and Astronomy, PhD

Citigroup ICG, Risk Analytics
Assistant Vice President
eBay, Advertising
Senior Advertising Analyst
Graphene Frontiers
Technology Development Manager
Data Scientist

Intel Corporation, Logic Technology Division
Process Integration Engineer

Johnson & Johnson, Global Skincare Innovation, Consumer Products
Senior Scientist, Polymer & Surface Science

JPMorgan Chase
Modeling and Analytics

MRC Lab of Molecular Biology, Division of Cell Biology
Career Development Fellow

NASA, Astronomical instrumentation
NASA Postdoctoral fellow

Pet360, Technology
Data Scientist/Engineer

Toshiba Medical Research Institute
Detector Scientist

Washington Post, Health and Science Desk
Kaiser Health Journalism Intern
Pyschology, PhD
Boston Consulting Group

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