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Specialty Chemistry Forums => Chemical Education and Careers => Topic started by: kamiyu2550 on July 24, 2020, 10:16:25 AM

Title: R&D job security
Post by: kamiyu2550 on July 24, 2020, 10:16:25 AM
I am wondering if anyone of you know that, during the times of economic recession such as now, how safe is the R&D chemist job, i.e. when there is a layoff, is the R&D first cut or other roles?
Title: Re: R&D job security
Post by: Enthalpy on July 27, 2020, 12:51:14 PM
Yes, exactly, as you guess.

When a company runs short of money, it has to survive in the short term, because surviving in the far future makes no sense if it dies in the near future.

So the management keeps the functions that bring money immediately: the sales, a part of the production. And it cuts the function that would be useful later: the R&D.

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Not all companies have difficulties. Amazon, the Post, the companies that switched quickly to make disinfectant and face masks... earned some money.

These times, it's better to be hired by a government.

I suppose a few countries are better off. Australia, New Zealand?
Title: Re: R&D job security
Post by: jeffmoonchop on July 27, 2020, 12:54:32 PM
If you are in the business of developing drugs, or vaccines, its likely your job will be safe.