Chemists typically enter the SCS when they are doctoral students or post-docs. Currently, every fifth SCS member (18%) is a student. Only 3 percent of the working SCS members are self-employed. The remainder works at universities (44%), in industry (43%), in the public administration (6%), as high school teachers (2%) or in NGOs (1%). SCS members take a strong interest in research. This is reflected by the fact that every second SCS member (48%) is a member of the Division of Chemical Research. Every fourth SCS member (25%) is specially interested in medicinal chemistry, 22% in analytics, 12% in industrial chemistry (as a general field) and 10% in polymers. SCS currently has 2531 members. The survey was conducted between April and June 2009.