Do what you are: A recipe for your dream job
Jun28

Do what you are: A recipe for your dream job

My mind went daydreaming today and I got this crazy idea I want to share.  I want everyone reading this blog post, particularly those trying to figure out what to do with their lives, to just take ten minutes to forget about the failing economy, the saturation of the chemistry job market, and all the worries that arise when you wonder how you will support yourself and pay off your loans after you graduate.  Take the next ten minutes...

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Show me the money: How a Ph.D. chemist is helping corporate America team  up with K-12 STEM education programs
Mar31

Show me the money: How a Ph.D. chemist is helping corporate America team up with K-12 STEM education programs

We hope this blog is making it abundantly clear that a chemistry degree qualifies you for a lot more than you might think. I mean, who knew a chemist could land a job at a Disney theme park where he could use his chemical knowledge to help make, for example, a more corrosion-resistant artificial skin? It seems, therefore, that a reasonable approach to discovering your chemistry dream job is this: Figure out what you’re passionate...

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Money, it’s a gas
Sep16

Money, it’s a gas

Grab that cash with both hands And make a stash So sayeth both Pink Floyd and Chemjobber. The latter put a couple of interesting posts up this week about money tips for grad students and contributing to an IRA. Worth a read. I’m visiting a collaborator’s lab to make some measurements this week (read: working 16 hour days and getting very little sleep), but will be back next week with a profile of Jake Yeston, Senior Editor...

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Profile: Patent Attorney
Jul20

Profile: Patent Attorney

Want people trying to get your expert advice for free all the time? Like rules and details? Then a patent attorney may be the job for you. So, yay! But what is it? According to wisegeek, “A patent attorney is a specialist attorney with the qualifications to represent clients seeking patents and to carry out other procedures related to securing and protecting patents. A patent is protection that the government grants an inventor...

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2009 ACS salary survey
Jul12

2009 ACS salary survey

So, the results are in from the 2009 ACS salary survey, and they can be summarized in one word: ouch. Median salaries for all chemists fell 3.2%, and the unemployment rate jumped to 3.9%, the highest rate for chemists in 20 years. Hemlock, anyone? Okay, so things aren’t that bad. The overall unemployment rate for the same time was 8.6%, according to the report and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So at least chemists had it...

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Nature Jobs International Salary Survey
Jun25

Nature Jobs International Salary Survey

Nature jobs has published their first ever International Salary Survey, tracking things like salary level, job satisfaction, happiness, and gender bias for over 10,500 scientists over 16 countries, including those working in non-traditional jobs, although the article did not elaborate on that point. The goal of this survey was “to track contentment with one’s job by region or by job attributes such as health care, the...

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