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Postby KeepOnTokin » Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:55 am

Hello! I am planning on entering a local college withing the next nine months. I am curious, but what is the average salary/benefits/pros&cons of a mycologist? Where is most of your time spent? Do ya just spend all your time wandering in the woods looking for mushrooms and slime?

I have always had some weird fanaticus additude towards mushrooms :roll: .
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Postby biostudent84 » Tue Apr 05, 2005 11:28 am

It depends mostly on your level of education (BS, MS, PhD), experience in the field, and ability to present. Only about 10% of all research funds come from the government. The rest comes from private investments from complanies. You need to be able to make presentations to companies to convince them to invest in you.

In general, scientists who haven't got their PhD or a Nobel can make around $20-$40k a year. If you impress someone enough though, and you get your own lab to run, you can make upwards of $100k.
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Postby ERS » Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:24 pm

or you could set up a consultation service for local/state/federal law enforcement entities. When mushroom spores are found during a raid or routine policing activities they have to be grown and harvested to confirm the species beyond doubt. This information would then be used in a court of law.... could be an interesting side business if the labwork or professoring isn't cutting it.

just an idea;)
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Postby MrMistery » Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:15 pm

@Kyle
I don't think a person that got the Nobel is a proper because not everybody gets the nobel... Or do they? :lol: :lol:
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Postby biostudent84 » Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:19 pm

MrMistery wrote:@Kyle
I don't think a person that got the Nobel is a proper because not everybody gets the nobel... Or do they? :lol: :lol:


Hahahahaha. I left that note just for you, Andrew ;)
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Postby MrMistery » Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:23 pm

Yes, of course i will get the nobel :D
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Postby Poison » Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:43 pm

I have no doubt about it Andrew... :)
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Postby MrMistery » Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:02 pm

Thanx for believing in me Poison
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Postby biostudent84 » Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:08 pm

I learned today that Dr. Watson got into genetics and discovering DNA's structure simply because he wanted the Nobel.

Keep crunching at it, Andrew!
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