• Question: would you recommend being a scientist

    Asked by feet1met on 8 Mar 2024.
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      Amy Rattenbury answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      Certainly! Being a scientist is something I’d recommend, especially if you’re curious about the world and passionate about making a difference. In fields like forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology, you get to solve puzzles from the past and present, blending history with science to uncover stories that have been hidden for centuries. It’s rewarding to discover new things and share that knowledge with others, whether it’s in a lab, a classroom, or through published research.

      Yes, it can be challenging—requiring lots of study, patience, and sometimes dealing with tough subjects. But the satisfaction of contributing to our understanding of the world, and possibly even impacting the justice system, makes it worth it. Plus, teaching and inspiring the next generation adds an extra layer of fulfillment to the work.

      If you’re naturally inquisitive and driven to explore unanswered questions, then a career in science might be the perfect fit for you. It’s a path that offers endless opportunities for discovery and the chance to leave a mark on both your field and society.

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      Simone Girdham answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      Yes – you can choose to do this as a hobby or get paid for it. Eg I love the stars (astronomy) but I get paid to work in a laboratory testing for things that make people get sick with an infection.

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      Martin McCoustra answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      Yes… If you are curious about the world, want to know how things work or even build new things, I’d say that being a scientist or engineer is an excellent job!

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      Ravindu Ranaweera answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      Yes. Definitely if your general interests align with the field. You will face ups and downs but generally it is very stimulating and overcoming challenges give you a great feeling of accomplishment.

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      Steve Potterill answered on 10 Mar 2024:

      IF you are willing to put the necessary effort in to studying and working,
      AND science is something for which you feel enthusiasm,
      THEN Go for it! There are such a large range of opportunities in science.

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      David Bremner answered on 14 Mar 2024:

      Yes. Even though i don’t always see it first hand, just thinking that what i do could play a part in helping people or making peoples health better in some way is quite humbling.

      Working in science is so much more than just working in a lab, i am involved in teaching and get to interact with members of the public, i get to go to schools and do workshops and activities with them.

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      Tina-Jaine Haigh answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      Totally. You might just change the world for the better! And even if the difference you make is small, or isn’t seen by the general public, it can be very satisfying.

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      Dawn Sutherland answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      Yes, especially a healthcare scientist. The roles are so varied, I have worked in a few different jobs that were all very different. You learn lots of transferable skills and everyday is different!

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      Hayley Pincott answered on 22 Mar 2024:

      Most definitely. It’s SSSSOOO interesting. I get to see parts of the body that not everyone else gets to see.

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      Michael Schubert answered on 22 Mar 2024:

      I definitely would because I love my science job. But not everyone likes the same things, so not everyone needs to become a scientist. I like to tell people that every job involves a bit of science, though! Painters use chemistry and psychology. Musicians use mathematics and physics. Footballers use physics and biology (and kinesiology, which is a science about sport and movement). Everyone needs a little bit of science!

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      Amy Stockwell answered on 23 Mar 2024:

      Absolutely. It is a great job for anyone who likes asking questions like ‘why?’ and ‘how?’ and then finding out the answers