A prof. says "Don't be a scientist." http://wuphys.wustl.edu/~katz/scientist.html [Broken] This scared the daylights out of me. I want to be a scientist, confoundit! In the article, Dr. Katz of Washington University in St. Louis (a tenured physics professor) pretty much says that everyone should give up aspirations of becoming a scientist of any kind. Clearly he was just having a bad day when he wrote this (I hope). He hasn't changed my mind about what I love to do. But it makes the prospect of doing research I'm interested in, even in an industrial setting, look like a pipe-dream. Quote from the article: "Suppose you do eventually obtain a permanent job, perhaps a tenured professorship. The struggle for a job is now replaced by a struggle for grant support, and again there is a glut of scientists. Now you spend your time writing proposals rather than doing research." This article was written in 1999, but things haven't exactly improved. What's really going on in the market for science graduates? What difficulties should we expect?