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Last Post 10/18/2011 1:09 PM by  KD Leka
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10/18/2011 5:18 AM



    Tags: career, salary

    Kris Sigsbee

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    10/18/2011 7:33 AM

    Hi Trace,

    That is kind of a personal question, but I will answer it as best as I feel comfortable. You will not become extremely wealthy working as a scientist and be able to live a huge mansion and have lots of fancy, expensive cars. However, I do make enough money to pay my living expenses and occasionally I can take a fun vacation with my family.


    KD Leka

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    10/18/2011 1:09 PM

    Hi; I'll add that many careers in the sciences have flexible hours and exciting work opportunities. So - for example,I was able to take a few days off and bring my kids to watch the launch of SDO. How cool is that??!! I get to work routinely at large observatories with gi-normous telescopes and the most advanced technology around. I work with incredibly interesting people every day, in a career that is exciting and fullfilling. And I can take a few hours off in the middle of the day (like today) to go talk to my son's class about The Sun. So - for many of us, the fact that we don't make millions of dollars, like a CEO might, is OK, because the things we get to do are so much more fun and the life of being a scientist allows you to do things that one can't if working 9-5 Monday-Friday only, on a very strict schedule. It's not an easy career, but most scientists that I know much prefer the lifestyle that it allows than other careers.



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