How much education does it take to become a scientist: Scientists are extremely well schooled. To quote C0nc0rdance: To get your first tenure-track faculty job, you will need: 4 years to BS or BA 2 years to MS or MA (optional) 3-4 years to PhD 4-12 years of post-doctoral research 2-6 years as Associate Professor or Research Fellow. If you start at 18, you could be tenure track as early as 31, or as late as 46. How To Become A Scientist - Science News The age of the Physics Nobel Prize recipients has clearly been on the sharp increase since the mid-1960s! But why?! However, as science became increasingly sophisticated and incomprehensible, it now takes much more time to muster its intricacies to a sufficient degree that a novel and original contribution can be made. In other words, today's physicists have to spend more time in school before they can start advancing the cutting edge of science. Nobel Prize Winners Age Statistics A novel and original contribution. The goal of every scientist. How many right wingers on this board have said such things as: Scientists sit on their duffs collecting government paychecks. They don't do anything. They have no common sense. When a new disease is discovered or a disaster happens, such as the BP oil spill, or the US needs a new weapon to counter a national threat or new food crops need to be developed, who are the first people the country looks too? Pastors? Science is hard work. How likely is it for people to work all of their adult lives and then just "stop" because they want to live off a fat government stipend? People that motivated will work until they drop. Most Right wingers would rather believe a book of fables written by primitive Middle Eastern desert people than knowledge gained from modern science by people who have worked their entire lives on the slight chance that they can come up with, "A novel and original contribution". Even a small one. Most right wingers expect to be taken care of by science and scientists, but treat those same scientists as "unwanted step children". The reason more scientists don't "fight the ignorance"? It takes a lot of time and effort to change the minds of those who are willfully and determinedly closed minded. Scientists simply don't have the time in their relatively short careers to deal with nonsense. They assume their results speak for themselves.