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"I was nine months away from getting my Ph.D. when I decided I didn't want to work in a lab," says Ken Christy, general manager for specialties at Olin Chemical. Instead of finishing his doctorate, Christy switched to a master's in business administration (M.B.A.) program and started a career in sales and marketing.

His story is not unusual. Two-thirds of marketers in the chemical industry have a technical degree. Ten years ago this was not the case, but business has become increasingly technical, and scientific inquiry is more geared toward product development. Today, the synergy of scientific and business knowledge is more important than ever.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-11-10 12:39:55
Description "I was nine months away from getting my Ph.D. when I decided I didn't want to work in a lab," says Ken Christy, general manager for specialties at Olin Chemical. Instead of finishing his doctorate, Christy switched to a master's in business administration (M.B.A.) program and started a career in sales and marketing.

His story is not unusual. Two-thirds of marketers in the chemical industry have a technical degree. Ten years ago this was not the case, but business has become increasingly technical, and scientific inquiry is more geared toward product development. Today, the synergy of scientific and business knowledge is more important than ever.
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Source American Chemical Society
Keyword Chemistry, Chemists, Careers
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Date Of Record Creation 2009-11-10 12:37:23
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Date Last Modified 2009-11-11 13:53:18
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-11-10 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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