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Not everyone is built for the lab. The white walls, the lack of windows and the large amount of failure that go along with the never-ending quest for reproducible results is one not every researcher is built for. I know many a person who at one time interned or worked in an academic or clinical laboratory and ended up following a different path. At times, it is a hard choice to make, but at times it may be the easiest decision of your life. Job responsibilitiesAs a research assistant, associate scientist, training assistant or whatever your title may be, your responsibilities are laid out clearly for you. Your PI or lab director has a plan, he has funding and he has a path to his goals. You are gaining experience in the industry, but to ...