15 Reasons to Be a Scientist

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.


  1. Jeff Keyser on March 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Enzo Life Sciences is having a funny game about reasons for being a researcher. You should check this out http://www.enzolifesciences.com/science-center/why-do-you-research/. Some are really illarious. this may perhaps lead you to dust off this cool post πŸ™‚

  2. ripx2000 on June 28, 2012 at 3:30 am

    “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).


  3. Sapinder on September 22, 2011 at 7:41 am

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

    • Nick on September 22, 2011 at 10:14 am

      Please feel free Sapinder

  4. Carter on August 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

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

  5. Mousa on April 15, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Wonderful reasons. Waiting to get number 6 to enjoy them πŸ™‚

  6. Jas on February 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm


  7. Joann on November 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm

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

  8. nienna on August 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    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.

  9. novam87 on August 13, 2009 at 6:17 am


    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.


  10. Max on September 29, 2007 at 3:41 am

    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…

  11. hmm?!? on September 28, 2007 at 9:00 pm

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

  12. Nick on September 20, 2007 at 9:24 am

    In my lab we are fairly rigorous about lab coats. I didn’t like it at first, but now I love my lab coat. πŸ™‚

  13. Lil on September 20, 2007 at 9:18 am

    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? πŸ˜‰

  14. Chris on September 20, 2007 at 2:20 am

    #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

  15. Genichi Kakefuda on September 19, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Striving and progressing toward, however never achieving, absolute truth

  16. Louis F. on September 19, 2007 at 4:57 pm

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

  17. JSinger on September 19, 2007 at 4:56 pm

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

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