Volume 88 Issue 20 | p. 4 | Letters
Issue Date: May 17, 2010

Unemployment Among Chemists

Department: Letters

I've been unemployed since March 11, 2009, when I lost my job at Genelabs Technologies near San Francisco. Despite my underlying optimism, unemployment has been punctuated by negative feelings. Working on the computer at home all day gets lonely. Hope gives way to fear and anger. Financial concerns add stress. There are currently many unemployed chemists; here is my experience:

I was a medicinal chemist, which was my "safe" career plan from early college. The . . .

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