Chemistry is a branch of natural science that deals principally with the properties of substances, elements, molecules, and atoms. Chemistry studies the changes these substances undergo, and the natural laws that describe these changes. Chemicals are everywhere! Anything you can touch, smell, or see contains one or more chemicals. Many occur naturally, but some are man-made. Because chemicals are everywhere, chemistry is one of the foundations of modern industrial economies.
Chemists discover naturally occurring chemicals and also make new ones never seen before. Chemists study the properties of natural and man-made chemicals. This knowledge allows chemists to modify substances to make them more useful, as well as develop the process to make these changes.
Advancements in the field of chemistry have brought about major improvements in our world, including new medicines that cure diseases, new materials that make us safer and objects stronger, and new sources of energy that enable new activities.
Bachelor's degree or advanced degree
Chemist. Chemists plan and carry out research projects. They also develop chemical solutions for testing and other laboratory procedures. They typically work in a lab. Chemists generally specialize in a sub-field of chemistry.
Bachelor's degree and on-the-job training
Forensic science technicians assist law enforcement in crime investigations by collecting, testing and analyzing evidence from a crime scene. Many specialize in on-the-scene investigation or laboratory analysis. At a crime scene, these individuals collect potential evidence, photograph the scene, and transfer items to a lab. In the lab, these individuals perform complex chemical and biological testing on evidence.
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