jeez, thats a tough question – when does one become a scientist? I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in 2006. But obtaining a degree doesn’t necessarily make you a scientist, at least a good scientist. Charles Darwin didn’t have a science degree. People can act as scientists and achieve great things, all they have to do is apply scientific method.
Well I finished my BSc degree in 2008, and after that I started doing science jobs and I did an MSc degree. So I supposed I’ve been a qualified scientist for 5 years!
I still think I’m a very new scientist as I have only just started my PhD… and you could say that being is scientist is not the job you do, but how you look at the world.
I feel like I was always a scientist at heart and just learned how to be a better one at university! I finished my degree in 2005 and started being paid to do science in 2007, so I guess I could say that I’ve been a professional scientist since then, so six years.
I have been an “official” scientist for probably about 7 years if ou count it from graduation…however I started way way before! When I was little I used to do little experiments to see ho plants grow and try to discover why my pets did what they did: Why did my hamster always walked by the walls and not in the middle of the room? Why did the turtle hide in dark places and loved the heater? I had a huge curiosity for everything! I would say you truly become a scientist when you start asking questions and looking for the answers!