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Workforce Alternatives to Graduate Students?

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Science  25 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5521, pp. 1489-1490
DOI: 10.1126/science.1059268

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In an era of excitement and growth in the biomedical sciences, many people are concerned about the career prospects of young scientists. It is therefore essential that we initiate an expanded dialog on career options in the biomedical sciences before our ability to renew the scientific workforce is compromised. A reduced dependence on graduate students and postdoctoral labor should be explored. We need to broaden the career ladder to create more staff scientist positions that would recognize and compensate the contributions of researchers who have concluded their formal training but do not run laboratories of their own.