Are there other options besides pursuing a Phd to participate in Biomedical research, Either in academia or companies?
For example, if a high school student wants to find the quickest way to be able to do research, what can be considered other than going to grad school? (I guess they could do research on their own, too, but they wouldn't be able to use any sophisticated equipments...)
I guess Why i'm wondering this is because I don't fully know what positions exist in a typical research lab ... I know there is 1.) principal investigator (=someone with a PhD?), 2.) grad students doing a Masters/Phd.
Are there other positions? Like a lab assistant/tech? Or are these positions filled by grad students, too? If not, what are minimal qualifications?
Another thing is, are the people in such "other" positions basically supposed to just take orders and can't voice their opinions in research?