Everything in the environment, whether naturally or of human design, is composed of chemicals. This is a scientific field detailing studies of composition of materials, properties and transformation of substances and various elements.  Chemical research has led to the discovery and development of new and improved synthetic fibers, paints, adhesives, drugs, cosmetics, electronic components, lubricants, and thousands of other products. Research on the chemistry of living things spurs advances in medicine, agriculture, food processing, and other fields.

Sample Occupations:

  • Analytical chemists
  • Inorganic chemists
  • Managers and administrators
  • Biological scientists
  • Secondary school teachers
  • Organic chemists
  • Physical chemists
  • Perfumer
  • Health technologies and technicians
  • Forensic science
  • Agriculture
  • Food and nutrition

Skills Required:

  • Science
  • Analytical thinking
  • Communication skills
  • like to work with hands
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratory experiences
  • Able to work independently and in a team
  • Enjoy mental challenges

Professional Organizations:


  • Chemistry and BioChemistry


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