Science Careers published a brief summary of a recent report from the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology. This report talks abou the future of science in the United States. It points out that the number of professionals working in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) has been gradually declining since 2001. Also in recent years, salaries of most STEM professionals have stayed even with the rest of the population, with only a few specialities (including chemists) had above average pay increases.
Also on Science Careers, UK Report Reveals Variety of Career Paths for Ph.D.s. Looking at recent Ph.D. graduates, they found that only 20% had a clear idea of where they wanted to go next. Fortunately, the “market is enormous and the options are huge”. The harest part may be narrowing down all your choices!