The approximately 11,000 chemists gathering in Boston for the American Chemical Society meeting next week will undoubtedly be glad to hear that in today's job market, it appears they have the right chemistry for obtaining employment. In many cases, chemists are commanding increasing salaries and finding new opportunities, thanks to a favorable imbalance in the age-old relationship between demand and supply.

For instance, veteran chemists with Ph.D.'s can expect to see annual pay increase higher than inflation, which hovered around 5 percent last year. And one major firm reports that it now hires 33 percent more newly graduated chemists than it did just three years ago.

These are some of the results of salary data for 1989 compiled by the American Chemical Society and published in February in a report entitled "Salaries of Scientists, Engineers and Technicians: A Summary of Salary Surveys." The report, now in its 14th edition, is...

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