I am a recent graduate with my BS Chemistry degree. Because I did not want to move and some other factors I do not care to discuss here I ended up in a less than desirable position at a local analytical laboratory. I log samples and deal with customers. This saddens me because not only is my degree more qualified for the work they do than many of the other employees but many of the other employees do not even have the passion that I do for the science. It is rare that they can answer my questions about what they are doing. But I digress, I cant expect the director of the lab to move someone out of a position when they are fulfilling their duties simply because he has someone who would enjoy the position more. I have another job I am looking at. This would be at another analytical lab that is also close to where I live. The pay is slightly better and I would most likely be doing ion chromatography. My current lab director spoke to me recently (without knowing that I am seeking other employment) and said he would like me to start reading up on the standard operating procedures for running the various HPLCs we have. This would also come with a nice pay bump. He said he does not know when he will be able to move me, but that is the direction he wants to go with me. A bit of background, the person who's position I took was there for two years before she was finally put on a GC-MS. The reason I am not in graduate school right now is because I dont know precisely what field I want to go into. I love physics, but I also love chemistry. If I were to choose chemistry for graduate school I am not sure what field I would even be most happy with. For that matter, I have no idea what fields of physics I would be most interested in outside of the fact that I was enthralled with quantum mechanics. I am looking to return to school fall 2013 or spring 2014. Thus, I am looking for the most experience I can get between now and then. Money is an issue, because I am barely making a living wadge, but it is not my priority. My priority is what will give me the best bump for having industry experience after I obtain my PhD. Thanks!