I confess that I do find meaning in my work - it allows me to help feed my family and I help make tangible products that do good in the world. I enjoy the day-to-day aspects of it, which helps. Maybe I have a low threshold for "meaningful", but I confess that I attempt to find contentment in my work (and outside my work, for that matter - this blog helps.)
Readers, do you find your work as a chemist meaningful?
(It is interesting that PayScale's median annual pay for a chemist of 53k is well below the BLS number (73k) and the 2013 ACS numbers (lowest at 74k for B.S.-level ACS members.)