I’m looking for some constructive insight, particularly from those in the science industry. I’m 26, and am 3/4 way though an analytical chemistry undergraduate degree. I’m also certified as personal trainer, but haven’t found a way of getting any purchase from it. I’ve been working for 6 years as a software developer-something I really don’t like, but it pays for school.
What concerns me is that as my studies come to an end, there seems to be no money in chemistry, especially in terms of sport and health in the UK. I enjoy what I’m learning, and I’d like to progress into areas like medicinal or pharmaceutical chemistry, working with athletes from that end, but if that will leave me broke, then maybe I need to accept this was purely for my benefit and seek other pastures. From what I can see, these are my options:
A) Continue with the science into post grad, move somewhere like the US, Canada, another European country, or Australia where sport is seen as more of an investment and try my luck there.
B) Stay in IT; I may hate it, but maybe I can generate enough money to do something on my own. Question is for how long.
It would be great to combine my IT with chemistry as I don’t see my chemists with that skill, but I’m not sure in what form that may take. Again, any constructive insight would be most welcome.