Moving into the field
By Mindy Luce
www.mylabconnection.blogspot.com

Despite all that you have read or heard about field work, it is still a good career path. I would like to elaborate that field work doesn't necessarily mean sales. There are a number of career paths that you can take on that maybe related to sales, but not sales. Consider the field application specialists that helped you trouble-shoot when your instrument is down or you need help with a particularly difficult experiment. These are road-warriors as well, traveling most of the week to customers' sites to present technical data or help with trouble-shooting. Below are a few titles that you could consider when searching for a path into field work, not sales:

FAS - Field Application Specialist/Scientist - most life sciences companies would like someone with a technical background, so either a master's degree or a Ph.D. - main function is to support sales in pre-sales and post-sales situation, such as presenting technical data, training and trouble-shooting. Usually, it's helpful if your degree is in the discipline that the company sells into. For example, if you are molecular biologist, it would be more difficult for you to obtain a job with a company selling into the chemistry space. Sometimes you can also see this listed under Product Specialist.

FE - Field Engineer - most companies, whether it is a medical device company or a life sciences company requires....Click Here for Full Article

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