Like Murphy said, Mother Nature is a bitch.
With your coffee … From Nature:
Biologists lose out in post-PhD earnings analysis
One year after graduating, doctorates in mathematics, computer sciences and engineering raked in the highest amounts — US$65,000 a year on average, with the 60% of engineers who took industry jobs earning around $80,000 a year. Those with biology PhDs earned the least, around $36,000 per year, perhaps because of the effect of many taking postdoctoral fellowships — only 26% of biology graduates went straight into industry jobs.
Some biologists go into wildlife management which is said to be awful pay-wise because wild animals don’t lobby or co-operate.
See also: Tales from a wildlife biologist: Bears have fun when you’re not there So the field does have its rewards.
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