As for the final note on this thread I would like to make a few pointers as well as acknowledgements
I should have known before endeavoring in the Chemistry major that becoming a chemist would involve getting at least a Masters degree even if it seems that even this degree simply leads to , by eventual requirement , obtaining a phD .
A lot of people that I knew who had just obtained their Masters were very unhappy with the experience and believed that their degree would not help them in the industry. I once new a girl from UC Davis who had obtained her Masters and had commented to me that she didn't know where the degree would take her. Kyle at Thechemblog had recently remarked on the rather modest reality of his prospects in the industry now that he is about to graduate.
My two supervisors at my past two jobs in the industry had no respect for chemical theory. They were very good scientists nevertheless, they were quick at picking up on the literature and were able to devise of
ingenious experiments accordingly. They had the brains of medical doctors in this sense, they could care less about the theory, however they could pick apart information from good memory. My previous supervisor who has a phD got furious when I wanted to discuss some theory with him to explain why we were finding a higher pH of a solution after an organic reaction when a acidic pH was expected. It turns out that he had forgotten his theory, as he scribbled a short explanation on the marker board - all the while foaming at the mouth - he blurted " … I don't care if it's SN1 or SN2 … " when clearly the reaction was an Nucleophilic Addition Elimination reaction. So where are the people who appreciate the theory? My first supervisor seemed to believe that discussing theory was not worth the time, he had a Masters from U of Texas at Austin. Both supervisors were earning the big bucks as both companies were prominent in the medical sector.
I understand all of your statements that there is no way to become a chemist, a physicist, or a medical doctor without extensive schooling since all of these fields require a wide range of expertise. In this sense I guess a Bachelors in Chemistry doesn’t really mean anything to the industry. I wonder why there are so many jobs out there that simply require just this degree e.g. Analytical Chemist with at least 2 years of HPLC experience. Who on earth gets these positions?
I obtained my degree with a great gpa, and now the only place to go is academia for another degree, a Masters. I'm not able to get entry level positions at this time in either the analytical or organic sector, although I am currently in process chemistry. I wonder if I'm going to be cheated again with a Masters degree. I make this remark because I get the sense that these days that Chemistry is becoming more and more ancient as a science and that the relationship between Chemistry academia and the industry is especially a fuzzy one. And as I have mentioned before a Masters is not deemed to be advantageous in some states. Maybe it'll have to be a phD.
For those of you who wish to hear about my revised proposition for a vocational Bachelors degree please refer to my previous post.