I have worked in private industry, universities and for the government.
This is my experience. If you are in a research area in industry, you
will still do a lot of lab work, although you will probably have at least
one technician working for you. There are however, a number of areas
which you can go into, depending on your background in industry which
are not basic research. In the pharmaceutical industry, for example,
there are many jobs which require a biological and chemical background
in the administrative work involving drug approval...There are is also
lots of statistical, computer and epidemiological work in the area
of clinical testing of new drugs.
All the companies which sell any type of instrumentation,as Marc Goldstein
mentioned, so all the companies that make sequence analyzers, spectrometers,
and even companies which sell reagents have technical sales and support
people, depending on the company and the product, most have some kind
of technical background to get training classes and demos of new products
and to run evaluations for customers.
If you have any sort of computer background, the area of technical
and scientific programming- writing data acquisition software and
analysis packages and any sort of technical databases (new area called
bioinformatics) is also an area with alot of opportunity.