Why did I stay in grad school? Ahh, if I only knew then what I know now. After a point, you push to the finish because you've invested too much time...blood, sweat, and tears. You convince yourself that this is temporary, and that things will get better. Often the best course of action is to keep your head down and plow ahead (sort of like climbing mountains). If you've been there you know what I mean. People who did what I did tell me that it IS worth it in the end. They are usually a few more years removed from the experience, however.Well, now I'm done and I have a chance to look around and decide what I want to do.Thanks for the many replies. I understand about LBYM, and waiting it out, saving and investing. But, I see my friends sprinting ahead and I would like to join them. Unfortunately, R&D chemists don't see much salary amplification over the years, so my “pace” is not likely to accelerate given my current trajectory.“inparadise” raised some interesting points. I will need to think about my moral boundaries. However, I don't think (from my current, limited, perspective) that good salesmanship and a moral life are mutually exclusive. I will have to look into the job you mentioned of being a technical advisor to a marketing department. That sounds interesting. Is it very lucrative?Thanks to everyone for all the input!