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Chemist—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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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. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of May 2015, there were approximately 84,720 chemists employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
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Group Research Leader, or Consultant, or Professor


Chemical Technician

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