Survey Shows the Public Values Science

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There's no denying scientists do important work that has an impact on multiple industries and life in general. Science professionals understand this, and so too does much of the public, based on responses to a recent National Science Foundation survey.

According to a press release from Michigan State University, the survey is conducted as part of a report that is given to the president and Congress. More than 2,200 individuals responded to the most recent edition of the survey, and what they had to say was good news for scientists' reputations.

On the whole, 90 percent of survey respondents said that scientists are dedicated individuals who help solve challenging problems. The work scientists do is for the good of humanity, according to this percentage of the public.

"It's important for Americans to maintain a high regard for science and scientists," said John Besley, an associate professor at MSU who also served as lead author on part of the report. "It can help ensure funding and help attract future scientists."

As so many people value scientists and the work they do, it's only a given that some of them would be interested in pursuing a career in this field. Of course, before they can attempt to make a difference, they may need to complete one or more master's programs.

Although it depends on the specific occupation, graduate school is often an essential part of a scientist's training. Medical scientists, for instance, typically hold a Ph.D., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, chemists and material scientists are often required to earn a master's degree or Ph.D. if they want to conduct research. Different roles have their own education requirements, so if you want to pursue a career in science, start researching the steps you need to take to make your professional goals a reality.

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About the Author: Laura Morrison earned an MBA from the Rutgers School of Business in 2010.

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