Chris Odt chriso at dfrc.wisc.edu
Wed Oct 21 14:55:45 EST 1998

In article <362C085C.1798 at earthlink.net>, jorge2 at earthlink.net wrote:

> Philip Smith wrote:
> > 
> >  hello, being a 12th grade student who is going to be attending university
> > next year I was just wondering what I can expect with a B.S degree and
> > possibly M.S degree in the field of microbiology? Is there a lot of demand
> > for microbiologists in the job market these days? also, all I hear these
> > days is how crucial it is to get a Phd degree, is that true?  what would
> > the average salary of a microbiologist with a M.S be? any help would be
> > great, thanks a lot
> Yes, please pursue a Ph.D.  In many industrial settings, the MS in of
> little value v. BS.

Forget the PhD.  Get a BS and perhaps a MS.  But thats it.
If you apply yourself, you can get a job where you get your own research
projects, can publish your results, and even do the travelling to
conferences thing, if you wish.  It depends more on how you apply
yourself, than on how many letters you have after your name. I cant tell
you how many friends I have who have regretted getting PhD's in the hard
sciences.  Besides, the
job you get with a PhD takes over your life....no room for family or friends or
outside interests, if you care about that.  And the $$ is NOT always better.

good luck, Chris

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