Field of Immunology

Mon Oct 19 13:49:20 EST 1998


I have many students who ask me this type of question.  The answer 
depends on what you want to do.  I have worked with many bench 
technologists who are responsible for the day to day experimentation 
which underlies all of research.  These are the people actuall doing 
the experiments, and occasionally authoring papers.  What these 
individuals usually don't do are design the experiments, or lay out 
the long range research plans and directions.  In other words, they do 
a lot of the work, but don't have the responsibility for writing 
grants, etc.  Unfortunately, they don't make great money (<25K/yr.)  
If you want the opportunity for higher salary, you take on much more 
responsibility.  You also need a PhD.  The question is, how much 
responsibility do you want?  Research environments are very 
competitive, and grants are harder to get every year. Currently, NIH 
rejects about two thirds of the applications it recieves.  If your 
position depends on that grant, it can be a very stressful time.  
Also, once you get a PhD, you really can't go back without people 
wondering about you.  Be careful in your decision.  It might be a good 
idea to get you BS, then work in a research lab for 1 or 2 years to 
see what the environment is like.  You'll be in a much better position 
to make rational decisions then.

Good Luck

Jay Mone'  PhD
Millersville University

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