Outlook Response

I enjoyed "Outlook 2002: Jobs abundant despite recession,"1 because it provided an interesting historical perspective to the current biotech job market. However, I believe that it is dangerous to start making the job market look so hot that just about anyone can fall into a good, high-paying job right out of a grad program or postdoc. I don't think that this helps anyone who is job seeking--it only creates frustration and a feeling of abandonment. Many articles in the non-science media have pr

David Jensen
Jan 6, 2002
I enjoyed "Outlook 2002: Jobs abundant despite recession,"1 because it provided an interesting historical perspective to the current biotech job market. However, I believe that it is dangerous to start making the job market look so hot that just about anyone can fall into a good, high-paying job right out of a grad program or postdoc. I don't think that this helps anyone who is job seeking--it only creates frustration and a feeling of abandonment.

Many articles in the non-science media have promoted bio-technology as the latest, greatest place to find a job. While this could indeed be true, it has a great deal to do with the specific niche that a person studies and the lab. You can't jump into molecular biology and land, as your article states, "high salaries, unheard of salaries for people with [molecular biology] skills."

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