Cost /Benefit Analysis of Academic Pathways

Uzma Alam, Ph.D.
Career Paths
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As with everything in life, academic career choices have a cost/benefit analysis. Some of the mainstream academic career choices are: tenured professor, non-tenured professor, staff scientist, laboratory technician/manager and postdoctoral fellow. So, starting at the bottom of the ladder with postdoctoral fellows and associates, let’s examine some possible benefits and costs. Before we can address this, though, it is important to note that in a number of academic institutions there ...