JazzOne wrote:bigkahuna2020 wrote:JazzOne wrote:bigkahuna2020 wrote:While I won't make a comment about schools, except to say apply EVERYWHERE in the upper tier of cali, I will say that the Chemical IP field is REALLY in demand and understaffed, and is a very lucrative profession.
I really don't know where people get this idea. IP jobs are pretty tough to get ITE.bigkahuna2020 wrote:I think people on this forum know very little about academia and how little it pays.
The OP, even with his qualification, probably has 2-4 years of postdoc work paying around 45-55k, then MAYBE a non tenure track position for a year or two paying the same, then 4-5 years later will be making 60-75k.
And this is working hours that would make most lawyers blush.
If you think the hours of an academic would make lawyers blush, then you have no idea how hard lawyers work.
Science research is not poli sci research. I know literally no science researcher who does not work past 8 most days of the week and at least one weekend day.
Yeah and? Do you really doubt whether lawyers work similar hours? Perhaps I have a biased perspective because my experience is biglaw, but I can assure you that the hiring partner who I'm working for this summer would not blush at those hours. In fact, that's about the minimum requirement. A lot of lawyers work even more.
Plus, when I worked in a research lab, the PI didn't come in until 10 or 10:30. He rarely worked weekends. He published regularly and had a solid family life. Lab work is less stressful and more leisurely than biglaw, in my experience. Although, I'm sure the politics of academia are horrible.
My graduate advisor worked most weekends, at *least* Saturday, and was usually there late into the evening.