Government service: the third venue

Fetzer, John
October 2004
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Oct2004, Vol. 380 Issue 3, p360
Academic Journal
The article discusses a career for a scientist in government service, besides a career in industry or in academia. Government agencies are created for an expressed and often well-defined purpose. Some are involved in environmental issues, others in ensuring that foods and medicines are safe, others research the causes and cures of diseases such as cancer, and so on. This makes the work bigger in scope than academic research and more fundamental than industrial research. Although there are annual funding cycles, the overall aim of the research is still towards the aims that define the agency. Working within a government laboratory is often a blend of the good aspects of industry and academia, without the negatives associated with them. The economics of this venue are also, on the average, between those of industry and academia.


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