Also some pointers pertaining to writing a resume.
Perhaps you should have looked into this before you spent the extra money and time acheiving a Masters degree. I started out in industry, like many others, with a bachelors degree. After several years, I realized that my opportunities for growth were limited. The reality was then, and I believe still is now,that most companies don't view a bachelors degree in one of the natural sciences or chemistry with the same importance as an engineering degree for example. So many chemsits feel forced to continue their education to the MS or PhD level. To your question, what does a MS get you? First, it may help you get more job offers and into a company of your choice. Secondly, if you have aspirations of management, it may give you a heads up leading others or teams. Do you enjoy analytical chemistry? You could supervise or manage an analytical group. Analytical is a great field to work in, but be aware that many upper level managers view analytical as nothing more than a support function. If you have aspirations of doing research, look for a company that would allow you to work in analytical research. Be aware, the work environment has changed in the last decade. Collaboration and team work are now required for all jobs. Be flexible, and continue with maintaining a strong network of contacts. Good luck !
Bruce Bear gave some excellent pointers. I got a PhD in physical-organic and managed my own research group at UCLA, working on atmospheric chemistry of urban environments. Multi-group projects is the norm today, pretty much required in order to obtain funding. Going at it alone, with a few grad students is becoming hard to get by. Keep this in mind, as you move forward. A PhD should help you get there. Good luck.
I have been a research chemist/medical/math for about 61 years after the Army sent me to school for learning how to perform research. I will also ask that you do the same to learn how research is performed as a base for almost anything. I also ended up owning my own medical and environmental labs with the knowledge that was necessary.
If there is anything else, give me an e-mail!
I just got back on the ACS website and saw this (albeit old) question. It really depends on what your goals are ... when I was faced with the same question in 1999, the head of legal in biotech company I was working at suggested patent law. I have loved my career move for 17+ years now! Just remember you have a ton of options - finding the right one for you is going to be most important. Congrats on the MS!
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