(Closed) Any PhD bees leave academia?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 32
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Bee Keeper
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@hardtoconcentrate:  Sounds like we are in a very similar situation!

Post # 33
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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Hey, I’m not a PhD bee – I stopped after my MS (ecology/wildlife biology) for all the reasons you listed above.  I have a job in the private sector now and I LOVE making real grown-up money and avoiding all the competition of academia.  I think unless you really live and breathe your subject, and you are happy to obsess about writing and publishing 24/7, academia is a hard place to be…

Post # 34
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@nikix:  How the #&@^ is he getting $90K for a postdoc??? The NIH sets it at $39K for first year post-docs! 

@lolot:  What is your job now, if you don’t mind me asking? I totally agree about having to make your career your life in academic, and that is definitely not me!!

Post # 35
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Bumble bee

@RunnerBride13:  yea.. my SO is in biomedical molecular pathology and he won’t even make that as a post-doc. there are wayyy more boilogy PHD’s sounds odd…

Post # 36
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Busy bee
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@RunnerBride13:  Hes doing his postdoc at Auwerx lab, it’s in Switzerland and starting salary is 81,500 CHF

Post # 37
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Busy bee
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@subtlebee:  Why does it sound odd?

Post # 38
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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@RunnerBride13:  I’m a wildlife biologist with a small environmental consulting company.  My job consists of doing a lot of wildlife surveys in areas that are being leased for energy development, to make sure that the various federal and state regulations about buffering sensitive species from development are being followed.  Plus writing reports, GIS, and occasionally working on research.  I really like the job and feel very lucky because my career field is sooooo competitive – but I’m gone 4 days a week, 5-6 months a year (and sometimes for weeks straight), so it’s definitely not my forever job.

What field are you in?

Post # 39
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Newbee

@FMM:  

Thank you all so much!

Post # 40
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@lolot:  That sounds interesting! I’m in neuroscience, but more toward psychology/behavior than molecular/bio.

Post # 43
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Honey bee
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@bearlove:  What field are you in and what kind of jobs are you applying for? That sounds great!! Congrats!!

Post # 44
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Wannabee

Hi, 

I’m also in social psych, and I’ve recently decided to leave academia. I would love to hear about your experience outside of academia now! 

 

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