The Celsius Quiz this week - did you choose the right career?

| Written by sgammon
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Monday was Labor Day. Hopefully you had the day off. But, if you are a scientist with cells growing in incubators, gels running, and grants due, you may have experienced the plight of "science labor" and been in the lab all day.

Did you choose the right career? Take the Celsius quiz and see what you know about the science labor force.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a dentist is $168,000. The median pay of a Ph.D. medical scientist in 2012 was:

  1. $68,000
  2. $79,000
  3. $96,000
  4. $119,000


The average time it takes to finish dental school is 4 years. The average time it took to get a Ph.D. in life sciences in 2008 was:

  1. 4.2 years
  2. 5.3 years
  3. 6.9 years
  4. 7.9 years


The average dental-school student graduates with $241,000 of student debt. What percent of Ph.D. students in the life sciences graduate with at least $30,000 in student debt?

  1. 15%
  2. 30%
  3. 65%
  4. 90%

The state with the highest employment for life scientists is:

  1. North Carolina
  2. Maryland
  3. Minnesota
  4. California


A  male full professor in the United States makes an average of $158,715. A woman on average makes:

  1. $167,000
  2. $149,000
  3. $133,273
  4. $93, 576


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