From the article: Chemist Profile
Are you a chemist? What would you tell someone interested in becoming a chemist about your job? Please share information about your career so that someone thinking about becoming a chemist can make an informed decision.
- What type of chemist are you?
- What do you do as a chemist?
- What is the best/worst part of your job?
- What training did you need? Was it easy/difficult to find a job as a chemist?
- Are you happy being a chemist? Why?
- What advice would you give someone interested in chemist?
No advancement and an uncertain future
- Everything negative said here is all so tre and what I have sadly been suckered into. Don't believe te "We need more scientist" lie either, we have a huge glut of Chemist who didn't grt into medical school or failed. Don't get fired, quit, or laid-off because if you find another job, you would have to start alllll over! Nothing but carrot on a stick scam jobs that treat you like a slave with low pay, no benefits, no real life, and no respect. Being a chemist is an unstable and terrible career I regret fulfilling. You spend years and hours living in the lab, getting high grades, sucking up to professors and bosses, and wasting a huge chunk of you life fulfilling a degree that leads to nowhere. I wish I would have partied more, had a life, and chose a better major at the time like my friends who are making more money and have a family. As I watched my life deteriorated more, I put my foot down. I decided to go back to school to pursue a career in medicine. Thank God I am out!
- —Guest Ex-Labserf/Chemist
whats wrong with you people ??
- if you love chemestry, and you love science, how does it matter how much money you get ? i know i live in denmark and dont need the "bennefits" wich i assume is health care. but still. if you cant find a job that earns you enough money to live, then move. if you're willing to move then you should have good options. im probably going to move too the UK or australia, where there are job options as far as i hear, when i get my degree of course.
- —Guest not a chemist yet
Carry on, Wage Monkeys!
- Chem BS 1992. Started in chemical production for low pay, long hours, dangerous work with hazardous materials, slave driving boss and pathetic raises (10 cents per hour anyone?). Moved into management after 10 years and finally earned a living wage. Now I hire bright hopeful souls fresh out of school with their shiny Chem degrees into bait-n-switch temp-to-perm positions. Best kept secret, the BS chem grads don't earn anymore than their HS diploma counterparts! They work their tails off in a dangerous profession for lousy pay and an increased risk of cancer all for the potential that they just might get a permanent job with a company that considers them just another wage monkey makin' the donuts. Do yourself a favor and go into something useless like banking, business or finance - - it pays better, and you get vacation. Don't get me started about the ACS and their agenda to train more chemists; more chemists = cheaper labor.
How Do I Like Being a Chemist
- I've been a college chemistry instructor for over 20 yrs and I love it! I too have heard the same woes about being a chemist and my question is, "How flexible are you willing to be?" Everyone with a science degree is not going to discover the cure for cancer. There are many types of employers who want chemists -- not because they know the difference between a beaker and a flask but because we possess analytical reasoning skills that many people in the general populace do not. Professionals such as: environmental scientists, regional sales managers, food scientists, forensic scientists -- and of course educators, often began as chemists. If your dreams of being the next Robert Lefkowitz (Chemistry Nobel Laureate, Duke Univ.) are not coming true, perhaps it's time for "plan b". Please, however, do no knock the science and remember why you majored in chemistry. Did you do it for fame and fortune (maybe you should get an MBA) or did you do it because it was cool and you loved the science?
not the most fulfilling work
- I graduated with my B.S. in chemistry in 2008 and I was able to find a job in about 3 months. I currently make about 27 an hour, but I'm really not too thrilled with what I'm doing. I work in a manufacturing plant that runs 24/7 and I am incredibly lucky to have a day shift position as a QC technician. I work a 12 hour shift and I spend most of that shift on my feet doing mindless, repetitive tasks. Honestly, I don't get a ton of fulfillment out of what I"m doing, but I also realize that my life could be a LOT worse. Anyways, if you're going to get a BS in chemistry I would tell you to expect to work for a temp company and expect to make 10 - 15 an hour and work night shift or - worse - swing shifts. I never knew what I was getting myself into when I wanted to be a chemist.
- —Guest lab tech
- What's d most lucrative part of industrial chemistry? Such dat one can do and be successful in life
- —Guest james
- I worked hard to get my degree, took a year off did one of those temp Lab jobs that don't require a degree. Now all I can find are those same jobs and the ones that require a degree pay 11/hr. I've applied to 20 different places no call backs yet. :/ I'll wait another week before applying at the temp places. (or moving to Houston for all the oil jobs UGH!)
- —Guest Alys
It's not all bad
- I am a BSc. (Honours) Chemist from Australia that graduated this year. Without even having to hand out my CV I have a polymer research job that pays $42/h. I'm not quite sure what everyone is on about all of my friends that I did chem with had a job one month after graduating paying a min of $30/h.
- —Guest Shep
- Dear sir, I would like to work as a Chemist. If you allow me , I will show my best skill. Thanking you, Md. Shahidul Islam.
only sme of chem jobs are good fr health
- i have msc chemistry degee, i am working R&D process development chemist in a medium pharma company from last 6 months . In my lab ,chemicals causing iritation and crazyness to me so i tired so much in this feild ,so i recomended if u have any interst in pharma or chemical field u must choose jobs like Q.A or instrumentation (Hplc nd Gc ,ft-ir) and managing departments .otherwise you will may get bad health or low salary packages and respectless designations in some of other jobs . if u have any dought about this send message to my mail email@example.com thanq
- —Guest madhav
2013 and things are still changing...
- I've been in the chemistry field for 15 years and laid off numerous times in the last 5. Most of the chemist jobs now are low paid positions, and many through contract agencies. Minimal benefits, no recognition, no invites to your host company's parties and celebrations, no future. I still love science and chemistry, but am stuck in a low-paid contract paper trail job. The companies only want young, cheap workers now, not older chemists with years of experience. I would say to get a chemist degree because it will open doors in regulatory and clinical work. Just don't expect to work in a lab for very long, if ever.
- —Guest formerchemist
A Chemistry degree is not a wise choice
- Even working as a Ph.D chemist, there are really limited options for your career path in many companies. Engineers have a much easier time progressing to advanced roles. If you are the type of person who needs regular change and seeks variety in work, do not pursue chemistry at any degree level.
- —Guest Not Advised
- Hi Soontobe, If you like chemistry...go ahead, but I strongly advise you to do another major in economics or something else that can land you a stable job. Time goes fast, and then you realize that you are about 30 years old, wasted your life on graduate school, no real industry experience, and no possibilities of getting a real job. Just posdoc after posdoc. Wasted all my life studying, trying to get good grades. If you finally decide to go into chemistry, I suggest you to LOOK FOR INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE A YEAR OR TWO before you get you grade. Otherwise you will probably - if do not have the social skills required by "modern" society to make good networks - be doomed.
- —Guest Abragolas
Worst Mistake of my Life
- What has an MSc in Chemistry gotten me? 9 months of unemployment, a string of dead end temp jobs for $12-16 an hour, $29k of college debt and the quality of life of a fast food mamager. I vow noone in my family will ever get a science degree again. I would have been better off not going to college at all and working retail or fast food.
- —Guest MSChemist2
Teaching Chemistry could be tedious
- I have B.Sc in chemistry since 2007. Due to lake of job opportunities in Nigeria, I ventured into teaching of IGCSE and A_Level chemistry. The reward has not been that fantastic though I wana go into production by next year. Wana work for my self. I have up to five products to my credit.
- —Guest Victor
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