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15 Reasons to Be a Scientist

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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.

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  1. 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? 😉

  2. 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

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

    Striving and progressing toward, however never achieving, absolute truth

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

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