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.
While the financial industries encompass a huge range of companies and professional roles, generally STEM PhDs tend towards: careers in venture capital firms that fund science or tech related start-ups; work in financial modeling (as quantitative analyst roles); or industry specific equity research.
- Career Center – Attend information sessions, career fairs (such as Investment Banking Forum) and networking nights with financial services and venture capital employers – find out about opportunities through Handshake. Use the Vault Guides within Handshake (look under the “Resources” tab) to learn about different career paths, companies and industries.
- Venture capital groups targeting Berkeley inventors, or made up of Berkeley students – Dorm Room Fund, The House
- See also resources for entrepreneurship
- Biocareers, “Success Story – Biology PhD to Wall Street Biotech Equity Research”
- New York Academy of Sciences, “From the PhD to Equity Research Analyst”
- ASCB article, “Frizzled to finance: one PhD’s path from a Drosophila lab to Wall Street”
- PhD Career Guides, Finance and Venture Capital
- Gaebler.com – venture capital firm list by state
- FierceBiotech – list of “Top Venture Capital Firms” for biotech
- Quantstart, “How To Get A Quant Job Once You Have A PhD”
- International Association for Quantitative Finance
- Society of Quantitative Analysis