Chemjobs roundtable roundup

Chemjobber has put up a recap of the week's bloggings from our chemjobs roundtable. Thanks to everyone for participating! It was a lovely discussion. And since I just can't resist data, here's one more chart I though you might find interesting. The NSF also publishes an ongoing total of number of PhDs awarded by subdiscipline. Here it is from 1960 to 1999. Sorry for the fuzziness.

SOURCE: NSF report on US Doctorates in the 20th Century, Appendix A

Author: Leigh Krietsch Boerner

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  1. From the look, the numbers are essentially the same. With polymer soaking out some of the Organic; and Analytical siphoning from P-chem.

    What is a Ph.D in General Chemistry? That’s an unknown to me.

    So we’re back to the issue of protecting job outcomes here in the contiguous states, right?

  2. @KY Proud: Yep, it looks like both organic and physical chemistry PhD production spiked in the 70s, but overall the total amount is trending up as time goes on. It will be interesting to see a similar chart when the data is updated to 2010.

    I don’t know how you get a PhD in General Chemistry either. Maybe it’s a catch-all category? Like if the NSF didn’t have information on the major, just knew it was another PhD in chemistry, perhaps? Anyone else have a guess?

  3. Biochemistry is under the other category or perhaps med/pharm? I guess the biochemists of the world need to get to work 🙂