Job Security


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Job security is a common concern among academic scientists who are considering transitioning to professional careers outside academia.

Presumably, these concerns are based on the horror stories of employees being “pink slipped” for no apparent reason, and the lack of any kind of an “all-protective” tenure system found in academia.  But if we take a deep breath and really think about this for a moment, the realities are that the real level of job security is not very different between academia and industry.