You + Various Careers = Chemistry 

By Lesego Maluleke 

Chemistry is no joke. The workload is heavy, the substance of the subject is difficult, but the benefits? Amazing. Chemistry opens up a world of career fields, but the top three are currently Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Forensic Science.

Analytical chemists identify the elements in a substance to understand its structure and composition and how different parts interact with one another. It may conduct extensive research projects while also supervising the work of other lab technicians. If analytical chemistry intrigues you, you could pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Calculus, Physics, General chemistry, Organic chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. There are just some of the courses you might take as a chemistry major. 

Moving on to Chemical engineering, the universal engineers as they are typically called due to their knowledge and abilities. They have all the fundamental engineering training in mathematics and physics, as well as a thorough understanding of chemistry and biology. A chemical engineer has an impact on many different areas of technology by thinking about and designing processes for producing, transforming, and transporting materials. There are a lot of experimentation in the laboratory before a chemical engineer brings these materials to full-scale production.

Lastly, a forensic scientist is someone who gathers and analyses evidence in criminal cases. They typically spend a significant amount of time in laboratories; however, they do go to crime scenes and work with investigators to find and collect evidence. Forensic scientists must learn and apply best collection practices to avoid tainting samples and jeopardizing the chain of evidence. 

To pursue any of the mentioned careers you must decide if this is the right career for you. When you are certain that you want to pursue this path, you should look for and complete an appropriate undergraduate program. Doing adequate research on the career is greatly beneficial. Chemistry is a broad field, and these mentioned careers are just the tip of the iceberg.

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