Via chemistry Twitter, this interesting comment from a lab head at NIH:
What is happening with chemistry in America? We're losing postdocs to pharma after less than 1 year in our med chem labs. Is the job market that hot in chemistry?
I certainly have seen an uptick in hiring behavior over these past few months. My best insights into the pharma/biotech market is seen via Organic Chemistry Jobs, and it's quite clear that hiring has not slacked at all in 2021. My admittedly very conservative take is that the industrial job market is "better than it has been for a while" and "much better than 2009-2014."
Readers, what do you think? What's your sector, and how has it been?
*as a normative position, I think PIs having difficulty hanging onto postdocs is a good thing, and the situation that PIs should be put in by the employment market for chemists. High wages and strong market demand (as measured by higher real wages and more benefits) for chemists in the United States and elsewhere is a good thing, perhaps the best thing.