Chemists

Chemists are scientists who study the composition, changes, reactions, and transformations of matter. They may specialize in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry. They may work in laboratories, hospitals, private companies, government agencies, or colleges and universities. Approximately 87,560 chemists are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Study the composition, changes, reactions, and transformations of matter
Alternate Title(s) Analytical Chemists, Biochemists, Medicinal Chemists, Organic Chemists, Physical Chemists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience A solid background in math and science (especially chemistry), plus an internship, are helpful
Skills
  • Math
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Group Research Leader, or Consultant, or Professor
  • Chemist
  • Chemical Technician

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