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#### RLA_100

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##### Chemistry Jobs/Pay
« on: September 27, 2004, 12:34:48 PM »
Hi,

I'm a 2nd year college student majoring in chemistry. How does the outlook look in the next few years for jobs in the chemistry industry? I live in Hawaii, however plan on moving to the mainland United States after I graduate. I plan on getting my PhD in chemistry.

I feel as if I’m going out on a limb majoring in chemistry, because I usually receive high marks in the humanities classes, without as much effort. I really enjoy chemistry though. And I’ve wanted to be a chemist since I was in grade school. I'm a certified computer repair technician (worked for the big companies). So me starting off new in the science industry am a bit risky - but I feel a career, as a research scientist would be more fulfilling for me.

So basically i'm just wondering what are some of your jobs? Do you feel the pay I adequate? What the career everything you expected?  Thank you very much.

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2004, 02:03:30 PM »
From what I hear, the chemistry job market is down a bit since there were a couple of big mergers last year.  However, I think that employees in the chemical industry routinely have a much lower unemployment rate than the rest of the population.  There may be some dependence on what Congress decides to do about allowing drugs to come from Canada, etc. and whether or not they decide to heavily subsidize drugs sold in the US.  The former would probably be bad, the latter good, in terms of the industry.  I'll be looking to get a job in industry in a few years and I'm really not that worried about it.  I am hoping that I will hit the market at the time of an upswing and not a downturn (since the downturn is now, apparently).

If you're interested in academics, the market is more consistent, but smaller.  There are far fewer jobs to be had and professors tend to stay in them for a long time.  Some years there will be a few positions, other years not.  For most any academic position you will have to do a postdoc after your PhD.  A postdoc will help for industry too, but it's not really the "requirement" that it is for academics.

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2004, 03:10:40 PM »
In bussiness, even Chemistry, it boils down to who you know.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2004, 05:56:47 PM »
Have you ever had a second thought, or wished you majored/majoring in something else?

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2004, 07:42:58 PM »
Personally, I have not.  I really enjoy chemistry and I think it's just fortunate for me that I have a good chance to get a very good job doing what I like.

One good alternative would be chemical engineering though.  I don't think that as much education is required so you don't have to necessarily put up with grad school, etc. (although you can and it probably helps).

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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2004, 08:04:57 PM »
Is a BS in Chemistry all you need to become a Chemical Engineer? A lot of the job listings on monster.com just seem to require a BS in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.

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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2004, 05:31:07 AM »
I dont think a BS Chemistry would be ABET-accreditated as an equivalent to a BS Chemical Engineering Degree. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering are two very different field. In fact, chemistry takes a very small weightage in a chemical engineering degree.

In the end, it depends what your employer is looking for. It hardly matters if u have a chemistry or chemical engineering degree if your job scope is sales (for example). I know a BS Chemistry qualifies for admission to a MS Chemical Engineering..
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2004, 02:23:21 PM »