I was digging around reading other science blogs today, so a bit of a link run...
This post is about why academic science is kind of beat...and really sums up why I left.
Actually you can probably boil my reason down to one thing....$$$$ The other reasons factored in, but this was probably the number one reason.
I like toys. Toys need to be purchased. Purchasing things requires $$. Therfore, need to get job with $$$.
Oh yeah -> happiness requires science, therefore must stay in science. Thus, here I am.