Why do so little chemistry graduates stay in the science sector?

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    I was checking the job prospects of chemistry and I found it quite discouraging to see that only 18.4% of chem grads stay in science. Why study chemistry for at least 3 years and spending so much time into it only to jump ship after they graduate. Some people will say that they didn't like working in a lab but what else did they expect. Is there other factors that lead to this?
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    (Original post by ShadowStorm689)
    I was checking the job prospects of chemistry and I found it quite discouraging to see that only 18.4% of chem grads stay in science. Why study chemistry for at least 3 years and spending so much time into it only to jump ship after they graduate. Some people will say that they didn't like working in a lab but what else did they expect. Is there other factors that lead to this?
    The same is true of many other branches of STEM - only certain engineering disciplines and computer science related degrees send students into relevant employment in large numbers (sorry folks, STEM as a whole isn't necessarily a magic ticket to a job).

    Job availability is a key factor. If we were to match student numbers to relevant jobs, it would entail reducing the amount of places on almost all "academic" degrees, which wouldn't be popular. STEM skills are seen as very transferable, though, which opens up a wide variety of jobs upon graduation.

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    So if someone gets a 1st in a chemistry do you think it will kind of "guarantee" they get a job in whichever science field they like? Do these kind of graduates also find themselves unemployed?
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    (Original post by ShadowStorm689)
    I was checking the job prospects of chemistry and I found it quite discouraging to see that only 18.4% of chem grads stay in science. Why study chemistry for at least 3 years and spending so much time into it only to jump ship after they graduate. Some people will say that they didn't like working in a lab but what else did they expect. Is there other factors that lead to this?
    You generally need to do further study to actually work within science. There are fewer opportunities for someone with just an undergrad degree.

    And maybe chem grads just want to do something else as a career?

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    (Original post by ShadowStorm689)
    So if someone gets a 1st in a chemistry do you think it will kind of "guarantee" they get a job in whichever science field they like? Do these kind of graduates also find themselves unemployed?
    There are no guarantees in life.

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    (Original post by ShadowStorm689)
    So if someone gets a 1st in a chemistry do you think it will kind of "guarantee" they get a job in whichever science field they like? Do these kind of graduates also find themselves unemployed?
    A 1st doesn't guarantee anything, but it probably will increase your chances, particularly within chemistry.
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    (Original post by ShadowStorm689)
    So if someone gets a 1st in a chemistry do you think it will kind of "guarantee" they get a job in whichever science field they like? Do these kind of graduates also find themselves unemployed?
    No guarentees, you still need work experience and to put together a strong job application and perform well at interview. Also in answer to your original post, some people might start off being really keen about a subject and find that after 3 or 4 years studying it almost solidly they have had enough.
 
 
 
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