• Question: how long have you been a scientist?

    Asked by anon-249586 on 6 Mar 2020. This question was also asked by anon-249583, anon-249930.
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      Katrina Wesencraft answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I don’t finish my PhD until next year so I’m still becoming a scientist. When I get my PhD, I’ll have been studying or working in universities for ten years!

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I am technically not a scientist, I am a research assistant, but i have a science degree and I have been in this job for 11 months now.

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      Nuru Noor answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I worked as a doctor for quite a few years after university, and am now back to studying at university doing science and research, as well as being a doctor alongside this to work on clinical trials (testing new treatments to get people better) 👍

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      Jennifer Roe answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I’ve been in my technical role for 9 and a half years. But I’m not classed as a scientist.

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I started working in science when I was 21 years old – but I didn’t start officially training as a scientist until I was 24 (for my Master’s degree). Now I’m doing my PhD and hopefully can be a #SuperScientist

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      Robyn Kiy answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I am still doing my PhD (I don’t finish until 2023!), so some people may not consider me to be a scientist yet. However, I work on science research full time, so I would say I am one! I first considered myself to be a scientist when working at a pharmaceutical company in 2018, so I would say I have been a scientist for almost 2 years 🙂

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      Paige Chandler answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I’ve been a scientist for 4 years now. I hope to stay in science for my whole career.

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I guess it depends when you start counting from – I started my first science degree nearly 17 years ago, but I still have another 2 years until I finish my PhD as I’ve done lots of things in between.

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      Nathan Kindred answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I’ve only been a PhD student for 6 months but I did a biomedical sciences degree for 4 years before this where I worked as a lab assistant and did 3 research projects 🙂

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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 6 Mar 2020:

      I worked in a lab for 5 years during my medical studies and then I did my masters and PhD, so I guess I started being a scientist 8 years ago. Can’t believe it’s been so long!

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      Lotte de Winde answered on 8 Mar 2020:

      I am graduated and have received my PhD 2.5 years ago. But, I feel like I am a scientist already since I did lab 6-9 months lab internships during my research master, which started 9 years ago!

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 8 Mar 2020:

      I spent almost 4 years doing my PhD, and then I’ve been working as a researcher for 9 years after that – it feels like a long time!

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      M S answered on 9 Mar 2020:

      What would you consider a scientist? So I completed my degree a few years ago and worked as a lab technician which is what I would consider a scientist. Bit even before that I worked as a researcher for a year. I think ti depends when you say I was one?

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 9 Mar 2020:

      I guess it depends when you say I became a scientist. I graduated from my undergrad in 2014 before starting my PhD, which is when I would say I became a scientist so then that is 5 and a half years ago.

      Some people would also say that I am not a scientist anymore because I don’t work in a lab and I don’t do research. But science communication is still crucial to science and scientific research so I still say I am 🙂

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      Sarah Brown answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      I finish my PhD next year so I guess officially that is when I become a scientist however I feel like a have been a scientist since doing my own research which is for 3 years!