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    Swarnava Roy, Ph.D.
    Changing Careers
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    I have been involved in conducting basic research for the past eight years, which includes five years of PhD and over 2 years of postdoctoral training. After investing all these years in academia, one question that comes to the mind of almost all researchers is “when will I finally have a stable and secure career?” In these days of economic recession and sky-high competition for grants, academia does not offer much promise to young researchers like us. So, in answer to this question, I have started considering a job outside academia. By the time you do your postdoc, most of us have a family, so one has to undergo lot of hardship to survive with a meager postdoctorate salary which usually ranges between a yearly $38,000-50,000 depending upon the institute and the location. Also, most ...