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  1. Mark Darey
    Aug 14 - 2:43 pm

    If you search for “chemist” on the BLS website, the prospects for the immediate future don’t look too great either. To quote: “Employment of chemists and materials scientists is expected to increase by 4 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations” Average increase for all occupations over this period is projected as 14%.

  2. Aaron Rowe
    Aug 16 - 8:40 pm

    Chemistry needs more entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurial chemists need more support from angel investors, academic departments, and incubators. Our culture needs to change. Young scientists should be thinking about making their own jobs from the first year of graduate school onward.

  3. Joe Q.
    Aug 17 - 12:49 pm

    To summarize—if you break it down by degree, ACS members have higher unemployment than the college educated public at large.

    Not only that, but ACS members with PhDs have higher unemployment than PhD holders in general. And we’re not even talking about those in temporary positions (post-docs, etc.) Yikes.

  4. Glen Ernst
    Aug 17 - 5:01 pm

    Aaron — You’re absolutely right. Chemistry curricula need to incorporate aspects of entrepreneurship as part of their core requirements, for undergraduate as well as post-graduate education. That way it won’t seem as foreign a concept to new graduates, and adaptation to the changing job marketplace should become easier.

  5. ana
    Aug 27 - 2:04 pm

    lost your job? few job prospects? “take more risk” (says the tax-payer subsidized, IP stealing capitalist) aka, provide me more “content” to eat.

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