Career opportunities

Chris Smith chrissmith at
Fri Feb 14 16:19:40 EST 1997

> Salary is also generally not commensurate with the training a scientist
> undergoes: a PDF is lucky to get anything above mid 20s.
> Of course, you might not be looking at a doctoral program (and I can't
> say I'd recommend one right now).  There are some decent jobs at the
> master's degree level, but be prepared to relocate a few times, as
> biotech/pharmaceutical companies are not the stable, recession-proof
> institutes they had once been.
> Based primarily on some of the above concerns, I'm no longer a
> scientist.  Many of us who were trained to become professors or
> industrial scientists have switched careers into communications,
> finance, or computers.  In fact, a physicist colleague of mine with a
> Ph.D. in laser physics was unable to find a suitable position after an
> exhaustive search.  He took a 10-week programming course and found a job
> as a software engineer a few weeks after completing the course.  It's
> sad that a lot of the training that today's scientists have is no longer
> valued in the current job market.
> I certainly hope things get better, but I'm afraid not.  I know of more
> than one Boston-area bioscience professor advising their students to
> "learn a trade" rather than become a biologist.
> However, if it's really what you love doing, and you can't see doing
> anything else, then go do it.  You might also, however, try to pick up
> some computer skills for your off hours, just in case.
> I may practice what I preach and learn some programming this year.  Luck
> to us both!
> Regards,
> Mike

  What of genetic engineering? DO you think the potential job market for
that scienctific field is still reapable?

	chrissmith at

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