Government and nonprofit careers may look very much like industry or academic careers. However the main difference is that these organizations are often working towards a specific mission. Government organizations and nonprofits need scientists, program coordinators, grants manager, and policy analysts.

Alumni Spotlight

Steve Roberds, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance

In the “Beyond the Lab” video series, the BRET Office of Career Development within the Vanderbilt School of Medicine interviews Vanderbilt PhD and postdoctoral alumni about their career path.

Sample Job Titles

Scientist/investigator/research associate

Laboratory manager

Study director

Program manager/director


Grants manager

Policy analyst

Professional Organizations