Originally Posted by Gibonius
Curious what options you're talking about here. I have a PhD in physical chemistry so I'm familiar with the field, just wondering what you were thinking about. I did the whole lab thing through grad school, teaching now, and trying to move to industry next year. Planning on getting a few years of experience then moving to either government policy or lobbying. Depends on how badly I want my soul, I guess.
My friends in chemistry are all currently bemoaning the collapse of the pharma and biochem hiring crazes, and are scrambling for any teaching gig they can find. There are some petro opportunities, depending on your geographic preferences, but apparently not enough for everyone.
I left physics long ago. There aren't a whole lot of "physicist" jobs, but people with advanced degrees in the subject seem to always land on their feet - just often in very surprising places.