In 1893, Italian biochemist Gosio found that wallpaper dye in Napoleon's room converted copper arsenide into poisonous arsenic vapor and may have contributed to the emperor's death. - www.napoleon.org
The more you learn, the more you earn.
- The median annual wage of chemists was $68,000 in May 2010.
Break Down Molecules. Rebuild Them Better and Stronger.
Chemists and materials scientists study the structures, compositions, reactions and other properties of substances and experiment with the laws that govern them. In applied research, chemists create new products and processes or improve existing ones, such as drugs, plastics, cleaners, and thousands of other products. They also determine ways to strengthen or combine materials and develop new materials for use in superconducting materials, ceramics and metallic alloys. Some chemists use a wide variety of sophisticated laboratory instrumentation and 3D computer modeling software to study the structure and other properties of complex molecules that they make.
An increasing number of scientific research projects involve multiple disciplines, and it is common for chemists and materials scientists to work on teams with other scientists, such as biologists and physicists, computer specialists and engineers. For example, in pharmaceutical research, chemists may work with biologists to develop new drugs and with engineers to design ways to mass produce them.
Choose the Degree or Certificate That Meets Your Goal
Prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree:
Available majors for bachelor's degree completion at four-year colleges or universities may include:
- Clinical Laboratory Science
- Chemistry Education
- Forensic Chemistry
- Environmental Chemistry
- Molecular and Biochemical Physiology
- Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering