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Should I change jobs?
    #6122952 - 10/02/06 12:28 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I'm currently going to school, biology major. I work at a large corporation, get paid $14/hr+benifits. I dont mind my job, but it is physical labor most the time. I was thinking i could get a job as a Lab Assistant. I looked on monster.com, and it seems as though i have a shot. It would be doing things like taking inventory, marking and labeling, cleaning the equipment, and some prep work. Seems like fun and good experience. My question is, how much would something like that pay? All you need is a high school education, college science classes prefered --that's me!


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Re: Should I change jobs? [Re: Phychotron]
    #6122964 - 10/02/06 12:31 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Go for it! I could imagine being a Lab Assistant pays pretty well. Still though, $14/hr is a lot more that I'm making now...if you're comfortable, and it ends up paying more, stick with it for a while. You're young, there's always room to advance and you're prolly who they're looking at.


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Re: Should I change jobs? [Re: Phychotron]
    #6122989 - 10/02/06 12:40 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

It may pay a little less and possibly the benefits won't be as good. I would submit a resume and cover letter that includes your salary requirements. If they will consider hiring you based on the pay you require then it's worth at least going in for an interview to learn more about the position.


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Re: Should I change jobs? [Re: kosmic_charlie]
    #6123044 - 10/02/06 12:59 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

yea, i tried to set up monster.com, but it kept giving me an error... I dont want to submit untill i can get some sorta info on there...


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Re: Should I change jobs? [Re: Phychotron]
    #6123059 - 10/02/06 01:03 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

find a job before you quit.


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Re: Should I change jobs? [Re: Vvellum]
    #6123116 - 10/02/06 01:46 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

listen to your heart, what does your mind tell you to do
what does Jerry tell you to do?
if your asking, theres probably a reason u dont wanna work there
doing hte same lame job gets repetitive, but 14 is nice, so just wieght the benefits
change does help u grow
no body on the internet can help you switch jobs tho :smile:


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Re: Should I change jobs? [Re: Phychotron]
    #6123170 - 10/02/06 02:30 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

14/hr isnt bad, but its manual labor, and youre majoring in biology somethin. Might as well get a job in that field so to at least show some experience on your resume even if you have to take a small pay cut. Might land you a good job in the future and make up for the pay cut big time.


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Re: Should I change jobs? [Re: eligal]
    #6123640 - 10/02/06 09:47 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

yea, a concern is that my current job offers $3000 a year finacial aid. Maybe i'll try and work something like this over the summer, see if i can adapt. I need to save up some money before i change jobs i think... never know how it's gonna go.


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Re: Should I change jobs? [Re: Phychotron]
    #6124127 - 10/02/06 01:51 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Lab tech jobs vary greatly in start up pay and experience. Working in biotech I've seen stuff for simply $10/hr w/o benefits, with potential to grow into better positions. I went as an intern lab tech with the government and am salary (started around $14/hr up to about $18/hr no benefits). Government obviously has a lot of politics involved, but the jobs are much more secure (it seems a lot of biotech companies don't make it long term). I worked also as a tech while getting my degree which paid like crap but got me enough experience to get me my job now. Other tech type jobs can be found in larger hospital and county and state level labs doing diagnostics on human samples. Vet technicians I believe require a vet background most of the time but might be an option. Technically a pharmacist tech job could be a possibility, but from my experience a bio degree won't help you as much as just getting into that after high school or something. There are also some other industries that aren't biotech, such as chemical manufacturer's random things like seed manufacturer's. Seeds comes to mind due to a company called Monsanto which would be good to get in with. Also there are QC jobs in winery and brewery places, those jobs would be prime! Pay very good, usually a fun environment and free alcohol with the job.

Whew, that's all the tech related fields I can think of off hand. If you wanted any more help PM me, I've been in this career path now for about three years.


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