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MS or PhD?

Hello! I just completed a BS in general biology, and I am currently enrolled in a MS program (Environmental Biology). I am, however, starting to actually think about job options and lifestyles and debating whether or not to do a PhD instead. Anyone in the environmental fields of biology with a MS or PhD, I would love to know what you think about the job options for either level of education. I also want to know about lifestyles surrounding these jobs.

Additionally, the MS I am enrolled in is fairly general. Is it better to be in a specific or general program? With a general MS, does this bode well for work in loosely related fields (say renewable energy for example)?

Does one degree offer more or less flexibility? Better or worse life/work balance? More diversity in job activities?

I have done a lot of work with city government (weed and wildlife control) as well as with consulting firms (rare plant surveys on potential oil fields) and I have not found either to be particularly fulfilling for myself. These are both important jobs, but I want to know what other kinds of options are out there, and what educational background is needed.

Research is very appealing, but will such a field require me to be away from home constantly? Is it hard to find jobs? Do you have to live near or work for a university?

Also, I think it is incredibly hard uncover all of the job possibilities within this or related fields. Anyone within this field, what is your job? What are the responsibilities? The best and worst parts? Are you fulfilled? What education/experience led you to these jobs?

Thank you so much for any feedback you can give me!

Submitted July 12, 2017 at 11:26PM by KelseyMorrison
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