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Science Stinks:

Science it's cool and interesting to see, read about, or study but it's miserable to do.

I'm not taking about doing independent resurch or something I don't know what that's like, I'm talking about your basic crappy lab job.

I've always loved Science. I love learning about it. I think living things are the most fascinating thing in all creation, that's why I got my degree in Biology, but with that I could only find temp work testing water (amazingly more boring then it sounds).

So I went back to school and got a degree in Clinical Lab Science. This qualified me to work in hospital/medical labs. Those are miserable places. I spent 4 years in a Blood Bank being alternately board out of my skull and stressed out of my mind. It seemed like over half the people in the field were nearly as miserable as I was.

Now Iím unemployed and terrified of going back to one of those stinking places, but feel trapped because there all Iím qualified for. Worse sill I feel guilty for getting kids interested in science because the might end up like me.

edited 28th Dec '11 5:43:39 PM by HistoryMaker

 2 Drunk Girlfriend, Wed, 28th Dec '11 5:38:08 PM from Castle Geekhaven
I dunno. I had a summer job in an environmental lab once, and it rocked face, even though I was doing nothing but mounting samples on slides all day.
"I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian
You gotta be the head researcher. That way you get a bunch of slaves, also known as "lab assistants".

I'm... sorry about your job prospects?

Not completely sure what we are suppose to discuss here.

 5 Flyboy, Wed, 28th Dec '11 6:07:44 PM from the United States
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Get a teaching degree and go somewhere other than the US to try and get a teaching job. Apparently Canada is looking for teachers of math and science...
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 6 Loni Jay, Wed, 28th Dec '11 6:36:01 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Hah. I admit to thinking something similar to this after a particularly boring genetics prac. "They said science was exciting, " I told my brother. "They lied. Science is hanging around for two hours, so that you can look at a blurry photo of some black and white lines and write 'Results inconclusive' in your lab book."

But I guess no job is all glamour.

edited 28th Dec '11 6:36:32 PM by LoniJay

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[up][up][up] Sorry, I guess that was really more of a rant than a conversation starter. I guess I just wanted to know if anyone agreed with me and/or disagreed strongly enough to try to prove that Iím wrong or an isolated case or missing something.

edited 28th Dec '11 6:42:16 PM by HistoryMaker

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Depends on the kind of science. With respect to labor-intensive disciplines requiring expensive equipment, that is probably the case; but, at least as far as I can see, theorists can generally get to choose much regarding their own direction of research and so on.

For example, in my case, my contract mentions a general topic. Inside that topic, I can pretty much do anything that I feel like doing. I have a supervisor, who can in theory fire me if he thinks I am not doing enough, but he does not order me around — at most, he mentions some open problems that I might want to look at, and of course he is available for suggestions and advice if I have trouble.

That's not to say that it cannot be frustrating at times; but it's not the "gah this is boring and leads nowhere" kind of boring, but rather the "gah I spent months working on a paper and one of my fundamental premises is entirely wrong" one.
But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

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What's so boring about testing water?

 11 Oh So Into Cats, Thu, 29th Dec '11 7:35:11 AM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
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Shit stinks everywhere. The only difference between yours and most jobs is that you were probably paid more.
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 12 lord Gacek, Thu, 29th Dec '11 8:35:11 AM from Kansas of Europe
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Generic science is just as much "MWAHAHAHA I'LL SHOW THEM" and "YES! YES! BEHOLD THE SECRETS OF NATURE" as, say, archaeology is running through dungeons and cracking a whip. cool
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 13 Pykrete, Thu, 29th Dec '11 12:03:17 PM from Viridian Forest
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I dunno man, the wetland and wildlife preserves around here treat their eggheads pretty well.

 14 Game Chainsaw, Thu, 29th Dec '11 12:06:27 PM from sunshine and rainbows!
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I still think there should be a union for mad scientists. tongue
 15 Inhopelessguy, Thu, 29th Dec '11 6:28:17 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
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I'm with Chainy on that. tongue

Yeah, depends your field. I'm sure the social sciences are a lot more fun.

...

Wait, they're not social in that way?

And I'm not trying to stop you love.

If we're gonna do anything we might as well just— ("Sex" - The 1975)

 16 lord Gacek, Fri, 30th Dec '11 4:49:50 AM from Kansas of Europe
KVLFON
I am told somebody already started a sexology school with practical exercises, if that's what you had in mind. cool
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 17 diomedes 2, Fri, 6th Jan '12 8:50:15 PM from Monroeville PA
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I'm majoring in Geology right now and hope to become a Paleontologist one of these days, but for now I think I should do a couple years as a geologist because they are in high demand and they can make a lot of money. (Hell I live near Marcellus Shale)
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 18 Best Of, Mon, 9th Jan '12 1:30:02 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
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[...Geologists] are in high demand and they can make a lot of money.

Really? I didn't know that. It's to do with finding resources for energy production, right? (*looks up "Marcellus Shale"*)... Yeah, seems so. I hope the fossils there aren't harmed by exploration (and exploitation.)
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