Education and Jobs

sysop at microbiol.org sysop at microbiol.org
Tue Apr 4 05:45:36 EST 1995


ID>I was hoping to be able to find a "collective intellect" which might be
ID>able to answer my question.
ID>I would like to know (in rough estimation only) a few things:

I fear that the term "collective intellect" may be as great an oxymoron
as "committee decision" but I hope for the best.

ID>Firstly, about how long does graduate school take, in microbiology, if
ID>one graduates with a B.S. in micro to receive a Doctorate?

This one is dependent upon country - in the US, perhaps 5-6 years,
depending upon your luck with the thesis and your advisor, other
countries may take longer, or shorter.

ID>Secondly, approx. how much does a doctorate of micro earn in a field of
ID>clinical study? How about in a field of research?

I would urge you not to pursue the degree if you are trying to justify
it financially.  The only real way to make it back is to enter industry,
and work up the MANAGEMENT ladder - not the technical side.  Academics
do not make the kind of money you need to justify the time and expense,
and industrial research jobs are becoming increasingly difficult to find
in an era of "lean & mean."

Do pursue the doctorate if you love the field and can't imagine doing
anything else.  No other reason justifies the sacrifices you will make.

Scott Sutton
The Microbiology BBS

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