By: Gina | September 24 2010 | Category: Issues in Education
Ever wonder what it takes to manage your own research lab at the National Institutes of Health or a university? Well as you might expect, you have to go to school for quite a while. After you finish college you need to go to medical school to get doctorate of medicine (M.D.) or graduate school to get a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree. So now you’re ready, right? Not so fast. Most people go on to work as post-doctoral fellows (postdocs) for 2-6 years before they get the chance to run their own lab. |
Postdocs, and there are approximately 89,000 of them involved in research at the NIH and in laboratories throughout the United States, are highly skilled workers. They pursue basic, clinical or translational research and are responsible for many major advances in biomedical research and other sciences. Being a postdoc is hard work but when you are doing work that you love with others who are just as fascinated by science it can be fun too.
Let’s salute the hard work and dedication of postdocs today on National Postdoc Appreciation Day
Visit the National Postdoctoral Association Web site .
(National Science Foundation, Science and Engineering Indicators 2008)