Upon receiving his doctorate, Val again responded to an advertisement from CAS, this time for a full-time position located in Columbus, Ohio. While this appeared strange to his colleagues, including his PhD advisor, Val already had experience in laboratory, industry and university positions and had concluded that he would most enjoy a desk job related to chemical information. "The bottom line is that I never felt comfortable in the laboratory or in the plant, and my disposition was basically to have a desk job. Yet, the chemistry training and practice was essential to my success in the chemical information field."It appears, from all the different people profiled in the chapter, that a basic chemistry background (B.S./M.S.) is very helpful; if you're going to work in an academic library, I'm guessing that a Master's of Library Science is going to be important too.
Gotta say, I do feel comfortable in the plant and in the laboratory and have always felt a little bit guilty about time spent at my desk. Nonetheless, I absolutely would love the idea of being a chemistry information specialist. Wait, I get to find and read papers all day? Where can I sign up?
*Again, my copy was generously provided by the author, Dr. Lisa Balbes. Thanks!