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Mariya 21
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Hi I'm going to be applying for chemistry soon more specifically medicinal chemistry and was wondering whether a chemistry degree is worth taking. I have heard many negative things about taking a degree in chem one of them being the jobs that are offered aren't very good and that if you do get a job you would be a lab technician, also the pay withing chemistry isn't a very high.
So if anyone is taking or has a chemistry degree please give me some advice and what your opinions are. Thank you.
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(Original post by Mariya 21)
Hi I'm going to be applying for chemistry soon more specifically medicinal chemistry and was wondering whether a chemistry degree is worth taking. I have heard many negative things about taking a degree in chem one of them being the jobs that are offered aren't very good and that if you do get a job you would be a lab technician, also the pay withing chemistry isn't a very high.
So if anyone is taking or has a chemistry degree please give me some advice and what your opinions are. Thank you.
People who end up in low paying jobs don't have postgrad qualifications which you need for any science career. If you don't plan to stay in science you can do anything you want that uses your transferable skills but you will have to start at the bottom and work your way up. You aren't going to magically land a high paying job when you graduate.
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My teacher has a chemistry degree so if you’re interested in teaching that’s an option but he said after he graduated he was jobless for a long time
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(Original post by Mariya 21)
Hi I'm going to be applying for chemistry soon more specifically medicinal chemistry and was wondering whether a chemistry degree is worth taking. I have heard many negative things about taking a degree in chem one of them being the jobs that are offered aren't very good and that if you do get a job you would be a lab technician, also the pay withing chemistry isn't a very high.
So if anyone is taking or has a chemistry degree please give me some advice and what your opinions are. Thank you.
As with any degree, you need a career plan at the end of it unless you’re doing a degree that leads to a specific vocation (e.g: medicine) The onus is on you to get the required work experience to get into that career
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People who end up in low paying jobs don't have postgrad qualifications which you need for any science career. If you don't plan to stay in science you can do anything you want that uses your transferable skills but you will have to start at the bottom and work your way up. You aren't going to magically land a high paying job when you graduate.
By post-grad do you mean getting a PhD because that is what I am planning on doing after I do a masters degree.
Will having a phd land me a better paying job?
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By post-grad do you mean getting a PhD because that is what I am planning on doing after I do a masters degree.
Will having a phd land me a better paying job?
Just collecting degrees for the sake of it is not going to help either. As someone has said above you need to have a plan. If the career you want needs a nasters and PhD then yes they will help but if it doesn't then you will still have to work your way up.
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