No Jobs for New Scientists

    In this Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 photo, Rebecca Allred, a second-year chemistry doctoral student at Yale, prepares a slide at the Kline Chemistry Laboratory at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. With two-thirds of all undergraduate degrees and 60 percent of master's degrees now going to women, many believe it's only a matter of time before that trend influences the upper echelons of the "STEM" fields - science, technology, engineering and math. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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    While some scientists are discovering the building blocks of the universe, others can’t find a decent job. Recent data show that even as the White House has trumpeted more education in the sciences, openings in academia have been disappearing steadily since the 1970s, leaving hordes of credentialed nerds with nothing to do. At the same time, shrinking opportunities in the private sector—300,000 positions at American drug companies have disappeared in the past decade—have left biologists and chemists with plenty to mull. Only 38 percent of chemists who graduated with Ph.D.s in 2011 are pulling in a steady paycheck, according to data from the American Chemical Society.

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