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15 Reasons to Be a Scientist

by on 18th of September, 2007 in Fun Stuff

i-love-science.pngJust for fun, here my top 15 reasons for being a scientist. Add your own reasons in the comments below if you so wish.

1. Not being stuck behind a desk all day every day

2. Conferences… see the world for free

3. Understanding some of the fundamentals of life and the universe

4. Getting paid to do something you can actually enjoy

5. Realising just how little understanding we have of life and the universe

6. Having the freedom to plan & execute your work (If you are a PhD student you may have to wait until you have finished your studies for this one!)

7. People believe what you say (trust me I'm a "doctor")

8. Not having to wear a suit to work every day (could you imagine that?)

9. Getting paid to think creatively

10. If it doesn't work, it's not your fault. Most things don't work anyway – this is research!

11. Getting paid to think logically and innovate

12. Lab coats – even less need to dress smart for work.

13. You can work in nearly any country in the world that you choose

14. Owning a bunsen burner (or the equivalent gadget for your specialization)

15. Your mother/father/grandmother thinks you are a genius (unless he/she is a scientist too!)

Got any more?… add them below.

About the author: Nick Oswald
I started Bitesize Bio on a Macbook on my kitchen table in 2007 while in my 7th year of working as a molecular biologist in biotech. My aim was to share the know-how that I had acquired from the school of hard-knocks in the lab, so that others could learn from my mistakes and small victories. Nowadays my mission is to facilitate the gathering of hardcore know-how from whole spectrum of bioscientists and share it here on Bitesize Bio to create a super-mentor that any bioscientist can turn to for much-needed guidance.

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25 thoughts on “15 Reasons to Be a Scientist”

  1. JSinger says:

    A lab coat? You mean that white thing the PI puts on when reporters come to photograph him swirling pink liquid in a flask?

  2. Louis F. says:

    My favorite is #7. Unfortulately, try as I may, wives and teenage daughters appear to be immune!

  3. Genichi Kakefuda says:

    Striving and progressing toward, however never achieving, absolute truth

  4. Chris says:

    #11 Scaring the pants off IT when you say how many terabytes the lab produces in a year.. and we'll never throw it away!

    #12 Getting to handle biomedical waste up close and personal

    #13 Understanding how your hybrid Prius actually works

  5. Lil says:

    the only time i ever put on a lab coat nowadays is when i had to do PCR, and they *never* work – not my fault right? ;)

  6. Avatar of Nick Oswald Nick Oswald says:

    In my lab we are fairly rigorous about lab coats. I didn't like it at first, but now I love my lab coat. :)

  7. hmm?!? says:

    16. You get paid big bucks! (Depending on your profession, of course…)

  8. Max says:

    16. Getting paid substandard wages while working days and nights while on tenure track, while your buddies drive BMWs and surf in Hawaii… while you wonder why your second wife has left you and why you still don't have an office with a window???

    Oh wait, that was my "inside" voice…

  9. novam87 says:


    Making friends/dates internationally^^.

    Use complicated, state-of-art equipments that general audience wow for.

    Spending quiet Saturday afternoon looking into a fancy microscope for your own pet project.


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  11. nienna says:

    I've got to say I disagree with #8. I do like to dress nicely, but I hate having my labmates ask me if I have a special meeting or an interview that day.

  12. Avatar of Joann Joann says:

    You are titled as Dr. ***, not as Mr, Mrs. Ms…

  13. Avatar of Mousa Mousa says:

    Wonderful reasons. Waiting to get number 6 to enjoy them :)

  14. Avatar of Carter Carter says:

    you will never be bored, and you will never learn enough.

  15. Avatar of Sapinder says:

    Hi Nick………..I would like to share it on facebook……….with ur refernce…

  16. Avatar of ripx2000 ripx2000 says:

    "If it doesn’t work, it’s not your fault."

    Well….this is understandable for us as a scientist, but most of the bosses wouldn't give a heck on it (at least I encountered in the asian country).


    1. Avatar of Nick Oswald Nick Oswald says:

      Ahhh… attitudes of bosses and colleagues… these are some reasons NOT to be a scientist! :)

  17. Avatar of Jeff Keyser says:

    Enzo Life Sciences is having a funny game about reasons for being a researcher. You should check this out Some are really illarious. this may perhaps lead you to dust off this cool post :)

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