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Job outlook for aerospace medical physicians doesn't look so good today. Only 0.10 of 1% of the world's physicians get to be aerospace med docs.

Will people need them in the near future? Or am I prepping myself for a career that will not be needed until much after my lifetime?

National Space Biological Research Institution gives me some hope, but even they are underfunded.

I want to know how to remedy the negative physiological side affects of being in microgravity. Why? I don't know, I just do. I need to find more people that want to do the same.
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Date:May 31st, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
There are several things I blame for this.
1. The media, and the fact that the major benefits of going to and staying in space are not widely reported, and so there is little enthusiasm for the space program despite it accessability.
2. The horrible underfunding of Science in general and Space in particular by the government and the educational systems.

The bright side is the fact that the future is not set and there is still time for the path to space to become more mainstream and desirable in our lifetime, depending on our actions. And apparently the plans for creating a base on the moon have yet to be scrapped and are still even (gasp!) moving forward, so once that is up and running there will be a need for researchers and practitioners in your chosen profession.

In my opinion we should be going now, right now, as space technology and things like solar collection satellites or the processing of the moons helium are the best option for finding technology to avert the fossil fuel crises we are approaching. But this does not look hopeful considering that we'll be hitting our oil peak in this year or the next, and we certainly can't get to space with nothing to put in the gas tank!

Anyway. I admire you. Good luck.
Date:June 1st, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)

The sun is going to burn for a long time yet. There is time to ponder courses of action. I just wish people would start planning a little bit for the future, because everyday it gets a step closer. A selfish civilization does not care to plan for its grandchildren or preserve its descendants needed resources.
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Date:June 12th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
I don't think you'll need to worry about getting a job if you completed a degree in aerospace med. Something requiring as many skills as that field does will surely allow you to branch out into other fields.
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