Sidebar: Temporary Lab Employment - For More InformationWhen most people think of temporary workers, they think of the office clerk filling in for someone on vacation. Increasingly, though, scientific workers-including highly trained Ph.D.'s-are being employed on a temporary basis, sometimes for months or years at a time. "Temping" provides jobs for scientists who might otherwise be unemployed, helps companies fill in for missing employees, and gives firms the flexibility to take on short-term projects. But critics of the practice think that increased reliance on temporary scientific workers is bad for industry, bad for scientists, and bad for science as a whole.
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