Young Industrial Chemists Find The Learning Curve Never Ends

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Science  07 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5941, pp. 696-697
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_696

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Young Ph.D. chemists at companies large and small, specializing in fields as wide-ranging as pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals, say that life in the private sector has a lot going for it. Some say it offers a better work-life balance; others relish the challenge of developing real-world products designed to change people's lives for the better. All say their academic training prepared them well to ask good questions, set up experiments, and solve chemistry problems. But they still had much to learn, they say, about other skills needed to succeed in an industrial career, as well as major adjustments to make on leaving the research environment and culture of their universities.