Topic: Many a research assistant
July 20, 2019 / By Effie Question:
I know I have to go to grad school, but I'm not sure what I should go for. I want to make a good amount of money, but I dont want to go pre-med. Right now I'm looking for ideas. One idea I was considering was going for physicians assistant which would only take 2 more years after undergrad. I'm not really interested in it but it makes good money without too much more school. Another option is trying to for cancer biology, which I am interested in, but I would need to get a Phd, which will take at least 4-5 years, with post doc after. And I don't think it has much prospects for making money. I am interested in research though. I am currently a junior in undergrad. Please give me some ideas. thanks
Chelle | 1 day ago
Getting the PhD won't necessarily mean you will make big bucks. Chances are, you won't, unless you get involved in pharmaceuticals. That said, you can have a rewarding life through research, which would most likely require the PhD. In my opinion, I say study for your MCATs and get yourself into medical school. There you can go so many routes, including research, and make BIG BUCKS. If you want the money, you WILL need the extra years of education. And it will be worth it, because along the way you will meet so many people and learn so many new things. Get to it now, so that you're not hustling to get back into school when things start getting more difficult as you get older. So, yeah, go for the PhD or the MD (or both) and all the time and effort will pay off big time.
Plus a master's degree means very little and a B.S. isn't worth too much either, unless you plan on teaching. If you want to teach, you can make good money, have a nice lifestyle, and help change the world for the better. (NYC Teaching Fellows start at close to 50K, and will pay for your master's in education). Teaching is the most important profession on the planet and competent science majors will find a job in a heartbeat just about anywhere in the country and demand good money (e.g. charter schools in NYC have salaries starting at 6 figures). So, hey, there are options, but without a PhD or MD or DO, teaching is really you're only feasible option.
With a BS in biology I became a computer game programmer.
I programmed a couple of games for the Commodore 64 that I hope you don't remember, a couple of games for the Gameboy Color that I hope you never heard of, and a few gambling machine personality modules that helped you lose money if you went to certain casinos in certain states.