I was flicking through the job ads in New Scientist today, and as usual, I was appalled by the salary levels. Some examples:
- Acoustic scientist in the navy: £25,000.
- Middle Atmosphere Scientist (PhD required): £29,360–£34,630.
- Post Doctoral Research Scientist (biochemistry): £24,200–£27,200.
- Scientist – Viral Vaccines: £20,575–£25,000.
- Postdoctoral Researcher Polymer Synthetics: £28,289.
At the same time, the government is frustrated because so few youngsters pursue science. No wonder! Doctors earn upwards of £100,000, as do many successful bankers, lawyers, broadcasters and so on. Why on earth would anybody pursue a career in science if it doesn’t pay?