Scientists - would you take me seriously?

I'm talking appearance here. I don't want to make it hard for myself to get hired because I have tattoos or something. I have my ears triple pierced. Luckily, if that's ever an issue, I can put in small earrings or take them out completely. I'm considering gauging my ears, getting my cartilage piercing, and maybe a (small) tattoo. I would like to know if your first impression of someone with any of those things is lower than if they looked a bit more conservative. I want to be taken seriously, and I know there can be sexism in science fields, so I don't want to make it harder for myself.

Asked By: - 10/22/2012
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Science and engineering abounds with "outliers". I almost expect strangeness when I meet other engineers or scientists. I love the uniqueness of some of the scientists...but I know the "higher ups", in job title, not in mental acuity, tend to be more mainstream and conformist... More
Answered By: biire2u - 10/23/2012
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The chick on NCIS is tattooed and pierced up to the wahzoo, and everyone trusts her opinion. Let your achievements do the talking for you.
Answered By: Brad - 10/22/2012
Ask yourself this question, who would you trust more in asking a question, say an academic question of some sort, the thug looking dude or the preppy looking one. I know it's not right to judge by appearance but c'mon, think about it.
Answered By: Tony - 10/22/2012
University scientists won't mind. As long as you're talented, hard working, and good at communicating your ideas, nobody cares about your piercings and tattoos. (Unless they're awesomely geeky; a tattoo of the Dirac equation is a great conversation piece... More
Answered By: divergence - 10/22/2012
I have a Ph.D. in engineering, and work at a software company. I am fairly high up, and make decisions regarding company direction and hiring new employees... More
Answered By: James - 10/23/2012
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