Pros: i earned my phd
Cons: barely a livable wage
I had to balance classes, research and a second job. Growing bacterial cultures to produce butanol required periodic sampling. Time management was essential when it came to the inoculation schedule, sampling, classes and meeting personal training clients (for my second job). I had to drive to the lab at all hours of the day and night, weekends and holidays as the sampling schedule required.
I learned how to use the HPLC and GC.
It was typical graduate research, meaning unsteady and long hours and little pay