November 13, 2000
Volume 78, Number 46
CENEAR 78 46 p.37
ISSN 0009-2347
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The job outlook for 2001 is as good as it gets. Barring an unforeseen disaster in the U.S. economy that would reduce demand, chemists and chemical engineers graduating in 2001 will have a wide choice of exciting and rewarding jobs. Hiring is projected to be strong in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and bioinformatics areas. Indeed, the outlook is exuberant across all sectors of the chemical enterprise--industry, academia, and government. In this annual special report, C&EN provides a series of stories designed to help the new graduate as well as the seasoned professional in the chemical sciences find or build a rewarding career.

Hiring of new graduates in 2001 is expected to be robust--barring a large economic downturn--but while competition for the best and the brightest will be strong, candidates will still have to work hard for just the right position.
Salaries & Jobs
Starting salaries have moved up sharply, and salaries of chemists compare favorably with those of other scientists. Unemployment, at 2%, is about half the national jobless rate.
If you have a vision, technical expertise, intestinal fortitude, and spunk, this may be the right time to start your own business. Successful entrepreneurs relate how they did it.
Government Work
The current and projected shortages of skilled science and technology workers places daunting recruiting challenges in front of government R&D managers. A government research career is not for everyone, but it's nice work if you can get it, and you can get it if you try.
Transition States
Retirement can be the most exciting and rewarding period of your life, but it requires financial and psychological planning. Recent retirees share their experiences on how they made this important transition.
Career-Planning Resources
With so many resources available and the explosion of Internet sites, where should job seekers begin? C&EN provides a guide to some of the sources of job and career information best suited to chemical scientists seeking jobs or changing careers.

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