29 Reasons You Should Be A Scientist

Let's be real: Regular jobs are hella boring.

1. Because you'll get to shutdown bullshit in the most badass way possible and not be considered an asshole:

#IAmAScientistBecause who wouldn't want to say this regularly?

2. Because it's one of the few jobs where you're actually encouraged to question everything instead of obeying orders.

From a #NobelPrize winner: #IAmAScientistBecause

3. Because Carl Sagan knows best:

This quote fits perfectly with previous tweet #IAmAScientistBecause "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." -Carl Sagan

4. Because it's the only profession where playing with testicles all day is not creepy AND it earns you respect:

#IAmAScientistBecause I get to play with gonads...

5. Because you'll look hot.

#IAmAScientistBecause I am an explorer & I want to contribute to the body of human knowledge & understanding. And I look good in a lab coat

6. Because things like this are way more fun than a boring copy machine:

#IAmAScientistBecause we get to play with the coolest toys. #DrinkingWaterProtection

7. Because you're not like the others.

#IAmAScientistBecause having a normal job is only for sane people

8. Because you can indulge your pyro itch.

#IAmAScientistBecause of the childish delight I still get burning holes with my hand lens

9. Because you have awesome taste in TV shows.

#IAmAScientistBecause of Star Trek, the book The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System, & the 1989 @sesamestreet movie Big Bird in Japan

10. Because you literally can't do anything else.

I am a scientist because I need to know how shit works. Seriously, I can't sleep if I don't. It's terrible. Send help.#IAmAScientistBecause

11. Because there's more to life than being a wage slave.

#IAmAScientistBecause practice of science values truth & integrity. I get to be surrounded by colleagues motivated by things other than $$.

12. Because staring at a screen all day in a dimly-lit cubicle just isn't healthy.

#IAmAScientistBecause I'm spending my bank holiday observing animal behaviour in the great outdoors, in the sun!

13. Because you believe that things belong in a museum.

@WorldSciFest #IAmAScientistBecause I grew up wanting to be Jacques Cousteau (or Indiana Jones...)

14. Because you'll see something miraculous everyday.

#IAmAScientistBecause nothing in the world beats the feeling of sitting down at a microscope to image stuff like this

15. Because you recognize that it's pointless to be the 'best of the best' at a banal, meaningless job.

#IAmAScientistBecause of Carl Sagan and Ken Sakamura whose TV shows I watched when I was a kid. Also 'cause I'd be terrible in any other job

16. Because puns are a scientists' best friend.

RT @Aanairb: Last one...#IAmAScientistBecause of this...

17. Because the thirst for knowledge is infinite.

#IAmAScientistBecause there's 4.5 billion years of history to discover. FOUR AND A HALF BILLION YEARS! 🔬🌍

18. Because you're naturally inquisitive.

#IAmAScientistBecause observing, questioning, showing, looking for answers, myself, with others, is what life's about

19. Because you're not stuck in your views.

#IAmAScientistBecause nothing uncovers a world of new ideas better than the realisation that my current view is demonstrably wrong.

20. Because you grew up and realized it's a good career.

#IAmAScientistBecause curiosity led me stumbling into it, following my Dad, + realizing: getting stoned & breaking into cars was no career.

21. Because you like finding out what this little guy is all about:

#IAmAScientistBecause I'm incessantly curious about nature! Hag Moth caterpillar Phobetron sp. Paraná, Brazil

22. Because you can't get rid of the itch to be a scientist.

#IAmAScientistBecause learning to think like a scientist leaves a permanent scar. Like a smallpox vaccination.

23. Because you'll actually get to be the "first" at something.

#IAmAScientistBecause there are moments when I learn something in the lab and think, I'm the only human that knows this right now

24. Because holy shit, SHARKS!

#IAmAScientistBecause "....I get to do this!" M.S. Student Chas Downey #MarineBiology #offshore

25. Because your mind doesn't become numb.

#IAmAScientistBecause when you are constantly questioning, you are constantly learning. It is a profession where you grow daily.

26. Because regular jobs are meh.

#IAmAScientistBecause regular jobs are so boring.

27. Because what else is a depressed alcoholic gonna do?

#IAmAScientistBecause I was a depressed alcoholic at college graduation and grad school delayed having to be an adult.

28. Because THIS is your office:

#IAmAScientistBecause "...having this for an office is awesome!" Tara Topping, Research Tech #SCUBA

29. Because FUCK IT, why not?

#IAmAScientistBecause I get to work on problems indistinguishable from magic. Instead of "impossible" we say "fuck it I bet we can do that."

If you wanna see more reasons scientists chose their careers, check out the #IAmAScientist on Twitter.

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