Jobs in the Southeast: Just a Sampling

Graphic: Cathleen Heard

Editor's Note: Continuing our five-part series on geographic issues that affect job hunting for life scientists, we now turn to the Southeast. Our boundaries may not be a true geographer's boundaries, but for our purposes, this area includes the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Florida, the Gulf states and Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. In the next issue we will cover Mid-America.

In many ways the qualities of life touted in the Southeast are the antithesis of some Northeast characteristics: lower cost of living, lower taxes, lower salaries, more open spaces, milder climate, slower pace, more house for your money, and others. Scientists agree that salaries are lower in the South, but other factors counteract that. "Quality of life factors are good here, with the Great Smokies nearby," says Frank Harris, associate laboratory director for biological and environmental sciences at...

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