A Master's degree student studying comparative vertebrate physiology, who also has an interest in statistics, writes in to blogger Isis at On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess for career advice: "Where does a young physiologist without an MD or PhD get her start?" Isis suggests that she "seriously review the things about science she enjoys and any personal goals that might influence future career plans," and then enlist the services of her institution's career center.

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