• Question: do you make a lot of money being a scientist?

    Asked by 883fasp24 to Stewart on 8 Nov 2018.
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      Stewart Martin-Haugh answered on 8 Nov 2018:

      I earn about the same as an experienced teacher: £38000. It’s possible to earn a lot of money using your science skills and working for e.g. banks or big technology companies. Some of my friends have done this and now earn up to £100k.

      One big issue with science jobs – you often have to change job and move to new universities or even new countries. This can be fun or not fun, depending on your personal circumstances. The problem is that there aren’t enough science jobs available, so you might be really good and still end up having to stop working as a scientist at a lab or university.

      Personally, I’ve been really lucky to be able to stay at the same lab for the last 5+ years, since I did my second degree (PhD).