Hello, I had a late start in life. I had no idea what I wanted to do, with feelings of complete hopelessness. This fall, at age 24, I started working hard towards math, and I impressed myself with my performance. For once, I care about something in life, and that is chemistry.
I've spent about 5 years of wastefulness, trying to dig myself out of the hole and figure out some profession to pursue. All I come back to is chemistry. I can't really put my finger on any other major that I want to spend the rest of my life learning. Computer science, for example, everyone boasts about how great it is. I understand it's in demand, and I also understand it's a more reliable degree. I initially was a comp sci major because I thought, "hey, I play video games all of the time on the computer- what better job for me than being a game developer?" I soon realized that I hate the actual science behind computers. It bores me to death and I cannot understand why so many people love it. In fact, I don't find computer interesting at all, I just like games.
I would give my life to chemistry, to study it, and be just overall knowledgeable. Unfortunately, from what I've heard, everyone says to stay away from it; unless you get a PhD, or go into something like pharmacy, engineering or med school. I don't want to do any of those. All I want, is to someday become a chemist. That's it. Whether an organic, analytical, etc.; I just want to do solely chemistry related work. I always wanted to just work in a lab, analyze things and find out something new and neat everyday. I want to feel like what I'm doing is helping the world. I like jobs where I get to move around and requires a lot of attention and intense thought. I like the excitement it fulfills. I could never do a business job, I always found chemicals fascinating. My favorite household substance is 91+% isopropyl. I love watching it evaporate so quickly. It soothes my mind.
My question to all of you, is: is all this information I'm hearing true about chem degrees and jobs? The following is some of what I hear: "Chemistry degrees are useless, with a bachelors minimum you will always work as a lab technician, which pays very low and has little to no benefits." Even some say having a masters in chemistry is just as useless, and you'd likely just get shoved into a trivial, low paying job.
I also hear that people with chemistry degrees cannot be creative in their work. They also say that you do "b$*%(" work and that people are constantly being laid off. They cannot hold a job.
It's odd to me, that a science job that seems so important is now "useless." You'd think by now, the job industry will start hiring chemists left and right. I mean, it's been almost 10 years with people screaming about how much chemistry sucks, which may have resulted in less and less people majoring in it. With the bulk of majors now either being Comp sci, business, or nurse/premed type jobs.
To keep note- I live in New Jersey. There are a lot of labs and pharmaceutical company's all over where I live. I've looked on monster and there's plenty hiring, but who knows. Also, I am willing to get an internship as soon as possible, hopefully after I attain an A.S I can somewhere. I'd be looking everywhere, all the time while in school, I have full intent and motivation to. Especially regarding the fact you NEED experience more than anything, according to the current hiring job descriptions, near me.
Let me know what you think about all of this, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you for your time.