Overall, new graduates “continue to face high unemployment and flat salaries,” according to a summary of the survey published in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). Although the unemployment rate decreased from 13.2% in 2014 to 12.3% in 2015, it far exceeds the overall unemployment rate of 3.1% for all chemists. Despite this, the median salary rose from $40,000 in 2014 to $41,000 in 2015.
Based on the report, C&EN created charts that “highlight data from 1,542 bachelor’s degree awardees because they made up the vast majority of respondents.”
Below are two charts that were presented. In the comments section, tell us what you think about these survey results.