While salaries are on the upswing, the number of job opportunities is predicted to decline

The coming of a new year, the establishment of a new presidential administration, and some encouraging signs of an economic upturn may yield professional gain for some in the science community. Nevertheless, research directors and human resource managers at United States biomedical research institutions say their approach to the hiring of scientists will remain cautious in 1993.

Many add, however, that though the number of job opportunities in the biomedical field is likely to remain low--as it has been for the past two years--salaries should continue on an upward course. In addition, they point out that scientists in a few specialties- -particularly those combining biology and mathematics--are commanding significantly higher-than-average pay.

"The field as a whole seems relatively flat in terms of hiring and opportunity," says Ames Putnam, vice chairman of the department of education...

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