Sunday, March 8, 2009

Working Chemist ACS Web Index: 2/15-2/21, 2/22-2/28, 3/1-3/7

This is the sixth post of Chemjobber's Working Chemist ACS Web Index. It is a measurement of how many jobs posted on the ACS Careers website are aimed at the bench-level chemist. Definitions/caveats at the end of the post.

We're a little behind due to Chemjobber's transition to life in Prairie City, Midwest, USA. Sorry for that.

Going through the 214 positions listed from February 15th through February 21, there are 61+* new positions posted that are available to the working chemist. There are 20 connected to the pharmaceutical industry and 41+ outside of pharma.

*(w/1 multiple position ad)

Going through the 78 positions listed from February 22nd through February 28th, there are 26+* new positions posted that are available to the working chemist. There are 8+ connected to the pharmaceutical industry and 18+ outside of pharma.

*(w/2 multiple position ads)

Going through the 170 positions listed from March 1st through March 7th, there are 32+* new positions posted that are available to the working chemist. There are 5+ connected to the pharmaceutical industry and 27 outside of pharma.

*(w/2 multiple position ads)

Looks like things are picking up a little bit for the Chemjobber WCWI. Hopefully this is a sign of the spring thaw in the job market. A big loud BOO to Kelly Scientific Resources, which is spamming the ACS Careers database with every job they have. Look, the ACS Careers website may reach a lot of people, but it's not going to find you a freakin' occupational nurse. (I am not kidding.) 

Definitions/caveats: This index is primarily for chemists (at all educational levels) who have been working for less than 10 years and are still 'at the bench.' It counts only jobs that are lab-oriented and primarily non-managerial; obvious senior-level titles such as "Group Leader", "Research Fellow" or "Director" will not be counted. Academic jobs (professor positions at any level, any Ph.D.-level lecturer position, postdocs) are also not counted. Academic technician or staff positions are counted on a case-by-case basis. Engineering positions are not counted, unless they are open to chemistry degree holders as well. Jobs outside the US are not counted.

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