Why Study Chemistry
In simplest terms, chemistry is the science of matter. Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen or felt is made of chemicals.
Chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things. Some chemists work on cures for cancer while others monitor the ozone protecting us from the sun. Still others discover new materials to make our homes warmer in the winter, or new textiles to be used in the latest fashions. The knowledge gained through the study of chemistry opens many career pathways.
Here are just a few of the careers chosen by chemists: Agricultural Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Catalysis, Chemical Education, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Information Specialists, Chemical Sales, Chemical Technology, Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Consulting, Consumer Product Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Food and Flavor Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Geochemistry, Green Chemistry, Hazardous Waste Management, Inorganic Chemistry. Material Science, Medicinal Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Oil and Petroleum, Physical Chemistry, Polymers., Pulp and Paper, R&D Management, Science Writing, Scientific Patent Experts, Textiles and Water Chemistry.
You can learn more at the Web site for the American Chemical Society (www.acs.org) --> careers --> what chemists do --> careers in chemistry for links that give you up-to-date information about that career, what kind of training you would need, and what kind of salary you can expect to earn.