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Why do scientists get paid so little?

I found these jobs advertised in the New Scientist and wondered why the pay was so little. Royal Botanical garden Kew. Quality Assurance Officer. £21000 pa. Medical Research Council. Quality manager. £25000 pa. Cefas( dept of enviroment) Marine environment officer.£19000 pa. City and Islington college. Lecturer in applied science. £25000 pa. So what's your take on these kind of salaries? Market forces get us all in the end? B**d Mkt Fcs

Asked By: monument - 5/15/2008
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I guess it's because all they do is research but if they found a cure, than they would get paid ALOT... More
Answered By: Jan G - 5/15/2008
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Because they are generally working off of grants and donations and the real money needs to go towards the equipment and support of the research.
Answered By: Boo - 5/15/2008
 
starting salary mate, it will go up. Also not everyone is worth megabucks market forces get us all in the end
Answered By: fill Yerboots - 5/15/2008
 
Lack of funding, I'm doing a biology degree and doing an industrial year next year but am working full time all year unpaid because of the same problem. Good job I love it :-)
Answered By: Me - 5/15/2008
 
Are you any good at football?
Answered By: Quindicius - 5/15/2008
 
25000 British Pounds converts to $48,666 USD. A lecturer at a 2 year college with just a master's degree would probably make about that where I live. I wonder what education this job requires. I have been to the UK and the cost of living is higher there than where I live in the US, so it would make sense that the... More
Answered By: Hello it's me - 5/15/2008
 
The more the responsibility, the better the pay...
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Answered By: ™♥ $4$$Y ♥™ - 5/15/2008
 
depends what company you get in
Answered By: Connor A - 5/15/2008
 
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