I graduated just recently with a major in molecular biology, however, I'm not too sure what I should be doing next. Graduate school was my primary choice as a M.Sc. would allow me to find a job more easily in other nations other than Canada and US. I understand that in North America, entry level research jobs don't really want M.Sc. since the company has to pay you more while teaching the same stuff it teaches to someone with a B.Sc (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). However, my GPAs aren't exactly high, they are barely over the minimum requirements for graduate school applications in most universities across Canada. I don't have many close associations with professors, either, so references are more likely to come from co-op employers. There two factors could potentially put me at a disadvantage during my application. A primary concern in finding a career related to biology/health sciences for me is salary. It's not that I don't like doing research I'm interested in, but according to some of the publications, a junior researcher's monthly salary is only around $2300 CAD, with a salary like this, I can hardly support myself and my family, and I don't think I will ever have the driving force to move on. Last week, I visited a chiropractor and chatted with him a bit. He told me that becoming a chiropractor takes about 4 years, however, the salary range falls somewhere between $56,000 to $108,000 annually. When I checked the admission requirement, my GPA seems to be quite suitable for the application. I did some research on the net, and it turned out that the tuition for this degree is humongous, by the time someone graduates, he/she will first need to pay off this debt, which could be well over $130,000; on the positive side, since chiropractors are slowly becoming well accepted by the general public and are covered under health insurance in Canada, getting patients and having a decent income shouldn't be too difficult. I'm torn between going to a graduate school doing researches and becoming a chiropractor, my interest lies in cancer research, but if I can't get a decent income even after graduating with a M.Sc., I will be in quite a nasty situation. If anyone's familiar with either of the professions, could you please share your thoughts and insights with me? They're much appreciated, thanks in advance.