From the article: Chemist Profile
Are you a chemist? What would you tell someone interested in becoming a chemist about your job? Please share information about your career so that someone thinking about becoming a chemist can make an informed decision.
- What type of chemist are you?
- What do you do as a chemist?
- What is the best/worst part of your job?
- What training did you need? Was it easy/difficult to find a job as a chemist?
- Are you happy being a chemist? Why?
- What advice would you give someone interested in chemist?
Teaching Chemistry could be tedious
- I have B.Sc in chemistry since 2007. Due to lake of job opportunities in Nigeria, I ventured into teaching of IGCSE and A_Level chemistry. The reward has not been that fantastic though I wana go into production by next year. Wana work for my self. I have up to five products to my credit.
- —Guest Victor
very very good
- Hi...this is Bhagyashri .more i am "B.s.c in Chemistry" from Mumbai university i like what yu are talking about chemistry & the career in chemistry this very nice thank yu very much for the guidence about this subject
- —Guest Bhagyasri .More
- I have a B.Sci in Chemistry, with concentration in Biochem. I am ACS certified. I do enjoy working as a chemist. For my first year, I had no experience and had to work as a lab technician for a few companies. It was difficult for me to keep my job, since politics is rough. I moved on from those resentful places, and worked as a chemist in environmental chemistry. My duties were interesting as it involved the direct chemical analysis of metals, soil, and water run-off for environment remediation. Upon the expiration of 6 month contract, I obtained a permanent position at a pharmaceutical company performing quality control. All of the chemistry professions require great attention to detail, since most is highly regulated by OHSA, FDA, etc. The pay for 2-3 years of experience is not sufficient for a decent living standard. You might love your job, but not your pay. Also it will be difficult to find a job upon graduation, but that changes with experience.
- —Guest Nuge
bsc chemistry student
- hello everyone.am just from high school and would love to pursue bsc chem.i love chem and would really want to venture in research department. kindly advice.
- —Guest chemist to be
Many indirect opportunities
- I'm now 27, but landed my dream job last year with my B.S. Chemistry from a small PA state school and am in current pursuit of my M.S. Chemistry. While I was in college, I worked as a lab assistant, then full time evenings at a research and development branch at a steel company, and worked for a wet chem lab when I came home for breaks. Though it only paid 28k a year, i had a Job waiting for me at home when I graduated. With my diverse experience I quickly was hired at a small niche organic synthesis plant at 23 years old making $40k. In the next two years I was promoted. I left there making $49.5k. I left because of the safety, shift work, and general moral of the company. I landed a position with a prestigious university as a lab safety specialist at $60k. I've was promoted my first year in the office. $68k. My chemistry experience got me into this field. You don't have to be a bench chemist to be a chemist. Your skill and drive are what land you jobs; not your entitlemen
- —Guest Career success at 26
Y'all R so Wrong! Chemistry is AWESOME
- I'm a professional in the field of Polymer Chemistry. There are lot's and lot's of jobs here in the US. Shame on all you people for discouraging young upcoming chemists! Yeah job markets shift, most professional fields have their highs and lows largely affected by the economy, but let me say this: If you have the mind capacity and determination to become an educated chemist (above a BS) then you can be successful in any field. I have a strong network of over 200 WORKING chemistry professionals that all enjoy really good pay, benefits and job security. Don't listen to failures who complain and make excuses! When you are determined and confident there is always a way! Chemistry is hard and it's not for everyone, but you will realize if it's for you early on... My passion for science and my determination helped me to achieve my Ph.D. in polymer chemistry. Jobs are all over the place! You have to know how to look and build a network of professional people. Always have faith!
- —Guest Alex
PhD - what a dissapointment
- I do have a PhD in chemistry. All my life I wanted to do research, to discover new things, to understand new phenomena, … I worked hard and sacrificed a lot in order to get my degree. I was very successful in getting right on the top. I got my PhD and with it the end of my career! I was applying for jobs which required a PhD and NEVER got an answer for years! It is so sad that today nobody is really interested in the work you invested in getting a degree, the papers you published, the marks you got during your PhD studies (in my case over 95%) … As a recent graduate it is impossible to have the years of experience industry is looking for and more bizarre, you don’t get the chance to get that job experience... Looking back I just realize how I wasted my life in being a poor student, paying tuition and helping professors get accomplishments … I worked almost for free for years and paid a lot of money to university for a piece of sheet worth nothing.
- —Guest Al
Like working as a CHEMIST
- I work as a Laboratory Analyst in a petroleum testing laboratory.
- —Guest JOHN
Yes, love chemistry
- Thank you Still Hopeful. I agree-too many negative ppl on this forum. Been at it 15 yrs-its not bad at all. When there is a will there is a way
- —Guest Rawr
- Want a reasonable answer? Just look at toys. The 50s-60s toy companies sold awesome chem sets to every kid in the US. Then the 70s Germany and some euro countries were getting the chem sets as kids. 80s were russia. Then 90s n 2000s guess- India and China were flooded with toy chem sets. The powers that hold the wealth decide who does what. Sell toys. They seem to keep business.
- —Guest pawns
- I have master's degree in chemist, I worked in my country in labs us an analyst in quality control in pharmaceutical company. after that I worked as a manager of new products new drugs stabilities validation and more. now I 'm in Canada without job it is very hard to find a job as a chemist. if some one can help me contact me please. thank you.
- —Guest lolita
to Guest Boned
- to Guest Boned: Don't be so serious, take it easy, as a game. Do more jokes from your basses :) hi!Chemist Jerzy.
- —Guest Chemist Jerzy
- I am 13 and ever since i was 7 i have wanted to be a chemist and everyone either loves it or hates it but i could care less i just need advice on how best to achieve my dream email me if can help....
- —Guest Soontobe
if you want work...
- move to where the jobs are. you're a chemist, its not supposed to be lucrative or fun or a contribution to social activities. seems like everyone wants to be prostitutes..
- —Guest imate
- i am a b.sc chemist.and after graduate for two years i was not have any job!!!
- —Guest alireza
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