bridges vol. 10, June 2006 / OpEds & Commentaries
by Robert Huber
Careers in science are truly strange and slippery beasts. Principally, a doctorate in the natural sciences attests to competence in analytical thinking consistent with the scientific method. With such a degree in hand, recipients may subsequently find themselves in jobs as diverse as directing applied biomedical research groups in the private sector, balancing research and teaching expectations in college departments, or managing decision-making processes in organizations with a stake in scientific discoveries. Achieving success in any of these career paths, however, demands expertise that goes well beyond a mere talent for methodical thinking. Critical skills include the ability to teach and mentor students, to manage and motivate a team of research associates, and to acquire research funds from government and private sources.
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