What is so bad about the "post-doc" lifestyle anyway? One of the reasons I've been initially considering against graduate school was the academic job market and the chances of a permanent position. However, now that I think about it, it honestly doesn't seem like a really bad deal. Getting paid 35-40K as a post-doc might actually be a good deal. If it's possible, I wouldn't mind being the "eternal" post-doc and never getting a tenure-track position. So, what makes the post-doc lifestyle so bad that many people on here feel that they were "forced" out of science? Edit: This is possibly a little naive, so forgive my ignorance if I'm way off the mark on how it really is.