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I have a long experience of working like a programmer in many companies, but I was always tending to research. Is looking for PhD position real for me? Is it like looking for a job and how is it different? Do they pay money for research at PhD position? :D

I was passing a lot of exams on my jobs, but have no publications at all.

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    Have you looked for similar questions here?
    – Bryan Krause
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 23:26
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    Depends on country and the exact position if it is paid, similar to job etc. In STEM subjects, full-time phd positions (the ones which takes as much time as a job away) are usually paid (rightly so).
    – user111388
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 23:26
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    Do you have any academic background? A BSc, for example? Commented Dec 5, 2020 at 0:35
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    In the US, most graduate students in STEM fields work as research assistants or teaching assistants for 20 hours per week and take courses and work on their theses in the remaining hours. At the high end, a TA or RA stipend might pay you $40K per year (but they're often much lower) This would probably be a significant drop in income from your current position. Commented Dec 5, 2020 at 0:36
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    @BernhardDöbler I have MSc in physics
    – Dims
    Commented Dec 6, 2020 at 21:17

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Its very possible - but it also depends upon your profile. If you have a bachelors already its very easy to do a masters with a thesis component and then move towards a PhD. Or maybe if you have a masters already you can look into a Mphil and then PhD.

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