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Hey! Bean counter is a good job!

March 23, 2010

Popular Science has published a list of the 10 Worst Jobs in Science but they aren’t all bad jobs.  If you’ve ever watched Dirty Jobs, you’ve seen much worse.

I’ve worked quite a few “bad jobs”.  I’ve detassled corn for Pioneer Hybrid including grabbing handfuls of aphid covered corn tassels.  (That job had the perk of unlimited, fresh off of the stalk, sweet corn.)  I’ve soaked cockleburr seeds for weed control studies.  I’ve planted weeds and measured the size of crop plants growing around them.  I’ve dissected earthworms for enzyme assays.  I’ve hiked through fields in southern Missouri to count endangered plants on the hottest, most humid summer days.

Just because a job is odd doesn’t mean that it’s bad.

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 7, 2010 12:54 pm

    “He who establishes his arguments by noise and command shows that reason is weak.”

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