Unfortunately, your parents were right: money doesn't grow on trees — you have to work for it. If you're hoping to make more of it by looking for a new job or positioning yourself for a promotion, it's good to know how your earnings stack up. So, in this issue of Genome Technology, we bring you our eighth annual salary survey. And if you aren't currently looking to change your job, there are still plenty of tidbits in there to satisfy your curiosity.
To bring you all of these informative goodies, Matthew Dublin immersed himself in a mound of data, provided by you through our reader survey, to parse out how much a professor in the US Pacific Northwest earns compared to a vice president living in Asia, Pacific, or Australia. He was ably assisted by our in-house Excel guru, Phil Borowiecki, who provided valuable insight in analyzing all that information. Matt also tackles some common career questions, such as whether going after an MBA is a good idea and how to figure out when it is time to move on from your current position — among others — which you can find starting on page 44.
If looking at salary data isn't your cup of tea, don't fret. Christie Rizk looks into the world of genome function studies and how that work is being applied to disease. She says that the pace of research there has been steadily increasing and that as more questions are answered, even more questions will come up. In addition, Tracy Vence reports on new ways qPCR is being used in the clinic, including detection of infectious diseases, epidemiological studies, and environmental health projects. And in our Informatics Insider section, experts Fran Lewitter and George Bell discuss how consulting a statistician when you are just starting to develop your experimental design can save you time and agita in the long run.
Finally, I'd like to thank you, our readers, for the time all of you took to answer our salary survey questions. Without you, this issue would not have been possible. Thank you.