The Career Field Resource pages describe the more common fields that employ scientists with advanced training, with a short list of websites which will help you understand the field. Each section has:

  • at least one or two articles to provide an overview of the field or career paths;
  • resources specific to Berkeley (access to opportunities you can pursue while a student or postdoc);
  • more general sources of information including professional associations, sites with industry news and career advice, and fellowship/job listings. 


“High risk, high reward” opportunities await those who are interested in starting their own businesses.  QB3-Berkeley in particular generates significant innovation that might be commercialized, and there are extensive resources to help scientists explore this option while still on campus. 

Berkeley Resources

  • Startup@Berkeley – an extensive list of startup resources at Berkeley, including student organizations and departments on campus such as CITRIS Foundry and SkyDeck
  • BEGIN – Berkeley Gateway to Innovation’s “goal is to help students, faculty, researchers, and other innovators understand the resources available at Berkeley to support educating entrepreneurs, commercializing research, and advancing startups”
  • BPEP – Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Program aims to foster entrepreneurship “by providing both the tools and mentoring to move research into the marketplace”
  • LAUNCH – run by Haas MBAs and helps “UC founders start their entrepreneurial careers”
  • PostX –  “Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Berkeley Postdoctoral Community,” an initiative with multiple departmental collaborators
  • A Student’s Guide to UC Berkeley’s Startup Ecosystem (2018–19 Update) targets undergrads but offers excellent, relevant collection of information and resources
  • QB3-Berkeley and QB3, UCSF Rosenman Institute – host events and informative listservs

General Resources