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better pursuits?

Christopher Coker coker at access2.digex.net
Sun Jul 23 18:54:20 EST 1995

After spending some time in the pursuit of a PhD. in Microbiology I have 
become dissillusioned. Recent media reports, observation of peers trying 
to obtain jobs, and the lack of job opportunities posted in 'help wanted' 
sections of journals and newspapers have led me to the conclusion that 
PhDs' are simply not wanted in the job market. Based on the 'help wanted' 
sections of local newspapers (D.C. area, NIH area, Montgomery County, Md.
'technology corridor') it appears that there is greater demand for biological
technicians and other types of 'support staff' vs actual 'research staff'.
I am considering forsaking the pursuit of the PhD degree. Instead I 
intead to pursue research in the biological sciences via a different route:
that of working as a technician in a biolgical laboratory and, through 
time and experience, work my way into doing original research under the 
private investigator for which I work.

My bottom line question is: have any of the readers browsing through this 
post pursued a similar line of action and (please) what advice would 
you give to a person contemplating actions such as mine?

                                 In advance, thank you,
                                 Christopher Coker
                                 PhD Candidate, MIcrobiology.

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