Chemistry phd good idea?
Long story short, I have my mind set on three directions right now:
Financial economics major, chemistry, and chemical engineering
I'm starting college this fall and I'll be taking calc 1, chemistry, economics, and humanities. So I don't have to choose right now I know.
But the financial economics had me interested because the theory of economics seems intriguing + I could get an MBA or JD (only from top top schools) and make a really good amount of money.
I work at a branch of Dow chemical right now. I'll be leavin soon, but I'll have worked here for a year. The reason I got my co op here to begin with was because I really enjoyed ap Chem. besides ap calc, only class I enjoyed in high school.
But I know what BS chemistry majors do, they're lab techs working shifts. I work with them everyday. Not what I want to do at all.
But if I were to get a phd, I would love to research in industry. My goal would be to intern here over undergrad, continue to do work over grad, and eventually work at Dow chemical (because I've heard that's where the money's at. And opportunity)
But here's the thing... Money isn't THAT important to me, but it is in a way. I wouldn't want to do a phd and then come out making less than... 70k. And I would want to be able to make 100k+ eventually for sure.
Is this plausible with a company like Dow? I've been trying to look a few things up but haven't gotten anywhere. I've read science in general in America is kind of in the trash. But it's what I really see as a possible passion.