Planning Your Job Search and Career

There are three basic principles for planning a successful career and job search: know yourself, know the job market, and know the tools that are at your disposal.

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Where the Jobs Are: Job distribution in the chemistry field by sector

Industry = 59%, Higher Education = 31%, Government = 8%, and Self-employed = 2%
Source: ACS ChemCensus, 2015

Starting Your Job Search

The larger process of career management starts with a search for your first (or next) job. The job search process has three main elements:


Networking is probably the most effective of all the job search strategies, and when done well can yield both short and long term benefits.