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I am seeking advice/input from graduate students and faculty within the fields of health sciences and integrative physiology/biology regarding employment opportunities, competition, and compensation in each field. My research has led me to believe that the health sciences has more job opportunities/flexibility, less competition, and higher compensation for a given position when compared to the life sciences.

Are post-doctorate positions necessary in the biological sciences to earn a faculty position at a tier 1, research-intensive state university?

Is it true that there is far more competition for post-doctorate/faculty positions in the biological sciences at these institutions when compared to similar positions in the health sciences?

  • "State universities", even within the US, include a broad range of very different institutions. Can you be a little more specific about what sort of institution / career you have in mind, and in what country? – Nate Eldredge Sep 11 '15 at 3:00
  • @NateEldredge, My most desired position would be a tenure-track faculty position at a research-intensive, T1 state university. My passion is research. I enjoy human-subject research, but I also enjoy in vitro investigations. I really have no preference there. I would be open to taking a position outside of the U.S. – J.W. Sep 12 '15 at 5:22
  • Voted to reopen after edits. What exactly is "health science"? Do you mean medicine? – Cape Code Sep 12 '15 at 7:24
  • @CapeCode, Our particular program does not offer an M.D., although that will be happening in the next couple of years. Our program has students and professors from fields such as health physics, biomechanics, cognition/neurophysiology, human physiology, physical therapy, public health, and epidemiology. – J.W. Sep 13 '15 at 7:38

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