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Chemistry Careers

As technology and our demand on natural resources continues to increase, the demand for quality chemists in all fields also increases. Chemists must devise means to better utilize our dwindling natural resources while improving and developing new methods to recycle both energy and materials. 

Chemists are involved in making life better and safer for the public by developing everything from plastics to improved insulation, discovering lighter and stronger materials for travel on earth and in space, and providing for major advances in medical treatment. 

A chemical education is fundamental to many majors other than simply chemistry. Curriculum studies in biology, engineering, medicine, home economics, and science education are but a few which are heavily dependent upon knowledge of chemistry. 

A study of chemistry also encourages critical thinking. Business and pre-law majors are often encouraged to take chemistry to develop this thinking process.

The chemistry department at SCCC offers courses of study designed to meet the needs of students considering a professional chemistry or related career. A variety of teaching strategies are used to help students develop and understand chemical concepts. The curricular studies are designed to provide a working knowledge of chemistry, examine the process of scientific investigation, and analyze current and breaking research in the chemical, medical, biochemical, physical, and agricultural fields.

Chemists can find a number of employment opportunities across multiple fields. Additionally, there are many careers for chemists who want to combine their chemistry studies with interests in other fields. Some career areas include:

  • Biochemists and biophysicists
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists
  • Forensic Science Technicians
  • Geoscientists
  • High School Teachers
  • Materials Engineers
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Postsecondary Teachers

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