• Question: Do you like your job as a scientist

    Asked by brebre to Avani, Jeff, Kenzi, Lindsay, Zoe on 13 May 2015. This question was also asked by kaiya, 549hyda25, penguinlove.
    • Photo: Zoe GetmanPickering

      Zoe GetmanPickering answered on 13 May 2015:

      YES! I get a lot of freedom to decide what I want to study. The time is really flexible, so if I want I can come in at 11 am instead of 8, I can. I get to work with my hands and build things, and I get to do a lot of thinking and learning. I get to learn new things and see all sorts of cool new insects all the time. I also hang out with cool people. It is almost never boring and no two days are alike. If those sorts of things sound good to you, you should consider a career in science!

    • Photo: K. Lindsay Hunter

      K. Lindsay Hunter answered on 14 May 2015:

      I don’t just like it, I really, REALLY love it! Like Zoe, I like being able to create my own schedule to some degree, though in the upcoming months, I’ll be having to keep “monkey hours,” which means sometimes having to stay up late at night since some species here, like bushbabies (they aren’t monkeys, though), are nocturnal. Other times, it means long days because the monkeys (baboons, vervets, and samangos), which are all diurnal (active during the day), are often on the move, so I’ll have to be, too!

      That said, I’m so glad that I chose science research, because I really get a chance to make a difference in peoples’ and animals’ lives, and that feels amazing. Even long after I’m dead, my publications will still be around and will still be making a contribution, so in a way, being a scientist can make you immortal!

    • Photo: Jeff Shi

      Jeff Shi answered on 15 May 2015:

      There are days that are better and days that are worse, but I seriously couldn’t ask for a better job. I’m responsible for my own work, I plan my own schedules, I can be as creative as I want, and I ask the questions I’m interested in!

    • Photo: Kenzi Clark

      Kenzi Clark answered on 16 May 2015:

      Very much so! Problem solving and helping others on a daily basis. Doesn’t get much better than that.