A recent issue of C&EN has just two classified ads, both for academic positions (June 15, page 37). Is this because of full employment, because downsizing is not over, or because of the summer doldrums? It makes one wonder about our chosen field of expertise.
Richard Adams1. It's not because of full employment.
2. It's 45% because of the summer doldrums.
3. It's 50% because all the ads have migrated online.
Our chosen field of expertise? Well, yeah, that's a tough one... To quote the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook:
Employment of chemists and materials scientists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations.Average for all occupations is 11%.