The outlook for employment in the chemicals industry is improving after several years of decline. According to IHS Chemical Week, chemical production in the United States is projected to rise 2.5 percent in 2014 and 3.5 percent in 2015 before reaching a possible plateau of 4 percent annually. This growth will be driven primarily by the availability of inexpensive shale feedstocks and the influx of about $100 billion in investment. Employment is also expected to grow through 2018. Employment of full-time chemists in 2013 was at it highest point in five years, according to the American Chemical Society.

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