Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Biomedical Postdoctoral Council


Consulting is not necessarily a discipline that relies on your expertise in science per se; rather consulting firms value your training to manage complex issues from varying perspectives. The measure of finding qualified talents is how well potential employees deal with case studies (for more on case studies look here). Highly regarded are quantitative skills, analytical skills, problem-solving ability, communications skills, creativity, flexibility, the ability to think quickly under pressure, listening skills, business acumen, keen insight, interpersonal skills, and the ability to synthesize findings. Taken from the Website of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Firms that offer management, scientific, and technical consulting services influence how businesses, governments, and institutions make decisions. Often working behind the scenes, these firms offer technical expertise, information, contacts, and tools that clients cannot provide themselves. They then work with their clients to provide a service or solve a problem. … This industry is projected to be the fastest growing, with employment increasing 83 percent over the 2008–18 period, and is one of the highest paying.” (US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). For much more information and resources on consulting we suggest you check out the UPenn Consulting Group Website. Here are some examples of consulting companies:

Boston Consulting Group

Boston Consulting Group is a global management consulting firm and the world's leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients in all sectors and regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their businesses.Our customized approach ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. We seek to be agents of change—for our clients, our people, and society broadly.

McKinsey & Company

We work with leading organizations across the private, public and social sectors. Our scale, scope, and knowledge allow us to address problems that no one else can. We have deep functional and industry expertise as well as breadth of geographical reach. We are passionate about taking on immense challenges that matter to our clients and, often, to the world. We work with our clients as we do with our colleagues. We build their capabilities and leadership skills at every level and every opportunity. We do this to help build internal support, get to real issues, and reach practical recommendations. We bring out the capabilities of clients to fully participate in the process and lead the ongoing work.