for those who are interested in science as a career must think if they really want it. For those who apply because they have the apt score in the SAT's but do not have the aptitude must reconsider their options and re-think their option. It is better to be a good poet than being a bad scientist.
Are yo asking whether we agree that we should choose our careers based on interest rather than test scores?
You should always choose your career based on a combination of what you enjoy doing, and what pays well enough to satisfy you.
Don't have the test scores for it? STUDY! Intelligence can be taught; if you want something, often you have to put forth serious effort in order to get it.
You should choose a career which you interested in, and you beleave you
can achieve more in that.
If you have a scientific mentality and every enquiering nature , you can
choose science as your career.
Even a bad scientist gets paid more than all but the very best poets...
This from a retired electrical engineer.
If you enjoy "pure" science and want to make a lot of money, use caution in considering a job in industry or higher education. Unless you are really really good and are also comfortable at public speaking and making presentations, competitive pressures and deadlines (i.e. capitalism) can take much of the joy out of science.
Conversely, if you are "applications" driven vis-a-vis pure science and aren't going after the high $$ jobs, go for it.
How very true
Most people don't realize that there really aren't many jobs out there for scientists... and most of them that are out there don't pay very well. They also don't realize just how competitive the sciences are; everyone is fighting for the same funding, with limited places to work... very rarely does one get to do the work they really want to, as most scientific research, as it is desired by the researcher, isn't marketable to the industry types providing funding. You must adapt your research goals to fit in with the goals of industry (and the public), occasionally forcing you to abandon your actual questions for something tangentially related.
That said, it can still be pretty damn rewarding.
I do web stuff for scientists...does that count?lol.