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What good is a chemistry PhD?

Is a PhD (and a 1-2 yr Post Doc) worth the trouble if you don't want to go in to academia?

Asked By: kbarnus - 7/27/2006
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Depends on what you want to do when you grow up ;-) as well as the confidence you have in your future... More
Answered By: ChemDoc - 7/27/2006
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not really, chemistry is an academia field. There's some governmental positions for chemistry but not much for industry. Industry is primarily for chemical engineers
Answered By: Phi D - 7/27/2006
 
Yes, but don't do more than 3 years post doc if you don't want to go into academia. Many companies are recruiting PhD chemists so you'll always be in demand.
Answered By: Itchyknee - 7/27/2006
 
Depends what you mean by trouble. I really enjoyed my PhD and did a couple of years Post Doc. Mind you that was in the days before anyone was panicking about money, etc
Answered By: andyoptic - 7/27/2006
 
A lot of it depends on the field in chemistry. Physical chemistry tends to learn toward Academia, but Analytical chemistry and organic chemistry are needed in industry/
Answered By: niuchemist - 7/27/2006
 
the only way to not get a lab b*tch job is to phd it.
Answered By: Kailey - 7/27/2006
 
It really dependson what you want to do. I just recently recieved my Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and I have a post-doc in industry, very rare. I love my position as it allows me to enter the company later on if I desire. It's also a great opportunity for me to see how industry works without making a commitment... More
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