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    I have a science degree in Biology. Currently doing postgrad study.

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    I have a science degree. PhD. If u r going to choose the industry career path, that isn't an problem. Plenty of opportunities oversea. But if u want to be in academia, that's very tough. Majority of us want to be a scientist (academic research) but only few lucky ones end up having a job in a longer term in the end. The higher up u go, the harder it is. You are expecting to move around every few years and on contract. I have seen a few die hard scientists left the family behind to take up a job somewhere for a few years. Half of my classmates have go into industry for better pay and stability.

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    I have a degree in environmental management and ecology. I work as a maths teacher, I completed a 12 month grad dip ed and am obviously qualified to teach science as well.

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    Default Anyone have a Science degree?

    Quote Originally Posted by bbhope View Post
    I have a science degree. PhD. If u r going to choose the industry career path, that isn't an problem. Plenty of opportunities oversea. But if u want to be in academia, that's very tough. Majority of us want to be a scientist (academic research) but only few lucky ones end up having a job in a longer term in the end. The higher up u go, the harder it is. You are expecting to move around every few years and on contract. I have seen a few die hard scientists left the family behind to take up a job somewhere for a few years. Half of my classmates have go into industry for better pay and stability.
    This is wise advice. If you picture yourself working in a research field, make sure you understand the full qualifications (undergrad, post grad, PhD?) needed and employment prospects in that specific field.

    I've got one of the highly sought after tenured academic research roles. It's hard balancing this with a young family and my career progression is now stalling. I had my child pretty late (later than planned) and already had my career pretty established - getting to this point with a young family would be really tough. There is no way I could put in the same hours these days that got me the role I have now. That said - there are lots of other career paths in science that have better employment prospects and are more family friendly
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    I'm on the fence. I did a science degree and went into postgrad (phd). I had my baby 2 years in, went back to it when he was 9 months but left because of chronic health issues and having a very young baby who just wasn't sleeping. I was going to do a masters instead but realized it wasn't going to help me more than what I already had.

    I have so much education behind me, topped my classes, have awards and good references and I haven't got a job in the field. People that finished their PhDs that I went to Uni with are also really struggling. The closest I got was a 6mo contract interstate with no idea if it would be extended. I turned it down in the end as DH has a perm job and I couldn't uproot us all on a whim for 6 months. If I wasn't extended we would have been stuffed. Jobs are very few, far between and there is a huge amount of competition. I am doing a grad dip Ed instead now to be a biology/science teacher and working in an area completely unrelated to what I studied which tbh I find really depressing. I love science and I love teaching so with the benefit of hindsight I should have just been a teacher in the first place. Originally I wanted to teach at Uni level which was the motivation behind doing the phd. Have a very clear, defined career goal and keep your eyes open going in is the only advice I have.

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    In respond to the last two comments, yes, academia career isn't family friendly. Uprooting family is expected. It is easier if the other half is a stay at home mom or dad or has a job that can be found elsewhere in the world. Geography restriction is pretty much a career suicide. It takes a lot of sacrifice. They are plenty of die hard scientists who are willing to take less for the same job so it is very competitive. Anyway, op keeps your mind open about career when you do the PhD especially if academia is what you aims for. Not everyone can be in academia in the end.

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    Thank you for all of your replies, it has certainly given me a lot of things to think about before I jump in and make any decisions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    I have an environmental science degree and work in the oil industry. There were great career prospects for science grads when I finished uni 10 years ago, however, not so anymore. There are still jobs out there, just not nearly as many.

    What type of science were you thinking of studying?
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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    I hear you there... When I went on mat leave there were about 20 in our team, I'm going back next week to a team of 5. I survived three rounds of redundancies I think purely because I was on mat leave! I know so many unemployed people in our field. I'm hanging onto my job with dear life as I know I won't find another if I get the chop.
    Good luck. I really hope you can survive it.

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    Default Anyone have a Science degree?

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Boys Blue View Post
    Thank you for all of your replies, it has certainly given me a lot of things to think about before I jump in and make any decisions!
    Are you going to be doing an undergrad degree? If so, many universities have first year that is largely common to lots of different majors. This gives you flexibility to change majors and still use some or all credits if you change your mind on what direction you want to take. Good luck!!


 

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