Chemistry Job Horizon Author: MARCIA CLEMMITT, p.1

Especially for inorganic chemists, the employment picture for the discipline is said to be the grimmest it has been in decades

A recent survey reveals that chemists currently face one of the worst job markets in the past 20 years in their discipline. Yet many of them believe that their field's growing importance to other research areas, especially biomedicine, will put chemists in a better position than many other science professionals to benefit from any future economic upturn.

"The Ph.D.'s we produce are getting jobs, in part because the pharmaceutical industry has remained healthy," says Craig Hill, a professor of chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta. Emory's chemistry program is largely oriented toward biology and medicine, Hill says, and he attributes much of his graduates' success in the job market to that fact. "But there's no question the employment market is tough," he...

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