It would seem that the concerns on the job market for chemists
and the migration of jobs
traditionally held by the comfortable technocrats that made up the bulk of the ACS is not discipline specific.
I like Garrison Keillor and I like this response to his cutting remarks about unemployed graduates. Cognitive dissonance has always been the wayward child of delusion.
"According to one major study
produced by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the median income for English majors with a bachelors but no additional degree is $48,000. This figure is just slightly lower than that for bachelors degree holders in biology ($50,000), and slightly higher than for those in molecular biology or physiology (both $45,000). Its the same for students who received their bachelors in public policy or criminology (both $48,000), slightly lower than for those who received their bachelors in criminal justice and fire protection ($50,000) and slightly higher than for those who received it in psychology ($45,000)."
In the spirit of Ricoeur
In the light of all that I know I choose to believe that my discipline is not only a benefit to society and a salve to my curiosity but also a viable career path for the generation that will follow me. They will find a way and society will need us, keep calm and chemistry on.