What does a chemist do you ask? Well, a chemist conducts experiments in labs in order to analyze substances, develop new products or improve existing ones. This individual may specialize in one or more areas, such as organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry. This occupation is for an individual who enjoys mixing things together to see what the outcome may be. A chemist can make a median salary of $73,000.
If you’ve ever taken any kind of medicine or used a body lotion, you’ve personally seen the work of a chemist. But a chemist’s job isn’t limited to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. They also work in a wide range of industries such as energy, manufacturing, and the food industry. They also work in research and development departments as chemist engineers or as teachers in educational institutions.
To venture into and excel in this field an individual would need a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Also, hands-on experience with spectrometry and chromatography instruments and techniques. Good knowledge of laboratory health and safety standards is always a plus.
Skills needed are:
- Attention to detail
- Works good with one’s hands
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Chemistry is essential for meeting our basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, health, energy, and clean air, water, and soil.
Dmitri Mendeleev – The periodic table