[Bioperl-l] Is it worth it?

Joel Dudley joel at macresearcher.com
Mon Feb 27 03:12:12 UTC 2006

It seems to me that your mind is already made up. By asking such a  
question I think it's safe to say a PhD program in Bioinformatics  
would not be your cup of tea. This is not to be negative. If you like  
bioinformatics, do bioinformatics. Join an open-source project, or  
start one of your own. If you live in a town with a University, find  
a lab that needs bioinformatics work and volunteer your time. If you  
really have a passion for bioinformatics, just do bioinformatics and  
your path will become clear, opportunities will arise, your salary  
will be what you need. Just my two shekels of course.

- Joel

On Feb 26, 2006, at 1:15 PM, Sam Al-Droubi wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>   Please forgive me for posting my questions on this list since  
> they are not directly related to bioperl but since most of you are  
> doing bioinformatics, I thought I could ask for some advise.  Also,  
> please point me to other lists or websites if more appropriate.
>   Basically I am wondering if it is worth it getting a Master or  
> PhD degree in bioinformatics with funding?  I already have an MS  
> degree in Software Engineering and I've take a few bioinformatics  
> courses and I like the field.  Additionally, I am almost 40 years  
> old and have a stable job.  If I am to get PhD in 3 to 4 years,  
> what job opportunities will be out there for me?  And is it better  
> to work in academia or the private sector?  What the average salary  
> like?
>   Thank you very much and please respond to me directly instead of  
> of the list since my questions are off topic.
> Sincerely,
> Sam Al-Droubi, M.S.
> saldroubi at yahoo.com
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