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Should I stick with chemistry?

  1. Nov 17, 2011 #1
    I've been reading a lot over the internet that chemistry is a dead end career, and that it will be very hard to find a job with a chemistry degree. My dad on the other hand says that I should be able to find a great job as a chemist because there is a need for scientists in the US (He is an electrical engineer so I generally believe him when it comes to these things). PF, I would like to hear your opinions on this matter. I like chemistry and I am doing good in all my chem classes but I see no point in getting a BSc in a field that won't even have jobs. So, what do you think? Will I be able to make a living as a chemist? Should I switch majors?
     
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  3. Nov 17, 2011 #2
    what would you want to switch to?

    also, what are your thoughts on grad school? a masters in chemistry would be pretty baller as far as career prospects go. . . other than that what do you like in chemistry? organic? materials?

    my ochem professor always told us that people with a phd in organic will make more money than a doctor...
     
  4. Nov 17, 2011 #3

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    My opinion is based on my own experiences and observations, so take it as-is.

    Chemistry is a very difficult field right now. Many jobs followed manufacturing as it shifted overseas. It used to be fairly easy to pick up a standard lab job that paid well without much effort; now they are rare, and the pay can be pretty low (last job I saw advertised in my area was a night shift position offering $17/hour).

    I think your dad is remembering the "good-old days". The job market is different now.

    I'm in the south-of-Seattle area, btw.

    The good news is, there seems to be plenty of jobs in biochemistry. Might you consider shifting your studies toward that field?
     
  5. Nov 17, 2011 #4
    Moreover, have you considered Chemical Engineering?
     
  6. Nov 17, 2011 #5
    I honestly have no idea what else I would do. Maybe something along the lines of computer programming.
    I was actually considering o-chem but I haven't taken the class yet so I really can't say for sure. This is my first year as a chem major so I haven't been exposed to all the different fields of chemistry yet.
     
  7. Nov 17, 2011 #6
    Ha, probably. He is old-fashioned like that.

    That seems strange to me that the chemistry field is so bad yet the biochemistry field is doing well. I always thought that a chemist and a biochemist did nearly the same thing.
     
  8. Nov 17, 2011 #7
    i def wouldnt switch to biochem, if anything, chemical engineering would be the most practical. but honestly, it's ****ing difficult.

    what are your thoughts on physics and calc so far? because che is a lot of both.
     
  9. Nov 17, 2011 #8
    I know chemical engineering is very difficult, that's why I would never do it lol. I looked at my school's curriculum for chem engineering and it was pretty ridiculous. Another reason why I wouldn't do it is because you don't learn as much chemistry, it's more engineering courses.
     
  10. Nov 18, 2011 #9
    If you are worried about job outlook, you should check out:
    http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes192031.htm

    If you haven't taken Organic yet, then you really haven't done "chemistry". What makes you think that you would like it in the first place?
     
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  11. Nov 18, 2011 #10
    I have been reading over the internet that earth is flat... well now seriously. Virtually all of the modern world is related to chemistry. Take a look to what chemists are doing today

    http://portal.acs.org/portal/PublicWebSite/careers/whatchemistsdo/careers/index.htm [Broken]
     
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