Life is good right now for Carlos Santos, who every week-day morning kisses his new baby daughter goodbye as he heads off to a career he loves.

"Sometimes I can get so into it that I just lose track of time. It's just that kind of job. You're not really counting the hours, you're just driven by what's going on," he says from his office in Union, NJ.

Since the late 1990s, Santos, 31, has worked at Schering-Plough as a scientist developing quality control (QC) methods that ensure the company's wide range of asthma, allergy, and other inhalation products are as safe and user-friendly as possible.

"It involves the developmental aspects of those methods – things like troubleshooting, fine-tuning the product so that it's ready to transfer to our sites," he explains.

After graduating from Seton Hall with a BS in chemistry in 1997, Santos spent a summer interning with...

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