Getting a Job in Gene Therapy
There are several skills and qualifications you will need if you are thinking of applying for gene therapist jobs.
At the most basic level, to work in the field of gene therapy you'll need a bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, genetics, or a closely related field. Some positions may require you to have achieved a higher level of education (also in a relevant field) such as a masters or even a doctorate, or to have completed an additional specialised course.
This is all highly dependent on the position you're applying for, but as a bare minimum, you will need a degree in a relevant scientific subject.
Again, experience requirements are largely dependent on the type of gene therapy role you're applying for. There are a range of different positions available at different levels, so no matter how much experience you have, you should be able to find a role that suits you.
That said, industry experience is always highly valued, so you will likely have more opportunities to choose from once you've got a few years of work under your belt.
If you're interested in working in the field of gene therapy, the following key skills will help you to stand out from other candidates:
- Strong analytical skills
- Ability to interpret complex papers, results, data, etc.
- Research skills
- A good sense of initiative
- Manufacturing (engineering support)