Ice and Medicine at the end of the earth

9. How many people actually work at the station (not scientists, or other visitors)?


The rule of thumb is that it takes 2 station personnel to support each scientist. There are about 150 people at the station at any given time in the summer, which means about 100 people are working to support the station and the science. There are a variety of jobs. There are people who handle cargo. And people who handle fuel for planes, vehicles, and generators. There are construction workers. And plumbers, electricians, generator technicians, heavy machinery operators and vehicle maintenance folks. Then there are  IT people and cooks. There are also science support staff and people who manage flight operations. I’m sure I’m forgetting quite a few positions, but it takes a lot simply to maintain the station and support science. – T.J.

Don’t forget the doctor and PA!  – Jessie

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