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Chemistry : Job Prospects & Career Options

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There are a wide variety of Chemistry careers to choose from. From teaching to research and development, the field of chemistry is wide and diverse. However, your employment options depend on how far you have taken your education. With undergraduate degree one can enter into roles such as Product Testing or Analysis, Research Assistant and Laboratory Coordinator. Those with advanced degree, Post graduation and Ph.D enter into research fields, managerial level and teaching posts.

Some of the options available for chemistry graduates are that of Chemist, Research Scientist, Analytical Chemist, Technical Officer, Product Development Chemist, Process Development Scientist, Quality Control Scientist, Materials Analytical Chemist, Patent Agent, Laboratory Technician, Teacher, Technical Writer, Forensic Technician/chemist, Pharmaceutical Development and/or Sales, Product Testing and Analysis.

Chemistry graduates are employed by those in industrial sector, government departments, health sector, research institutes, laboratories and academia. Chemists can get jobs in pharmaceutical companies, petroleum companies, chemical industries, perfume industries, research organisations like ISRO, DRDO, Bhabha Atomic research centre etc. After clearing NET exam they can opt for teaching positions in top universities and colleges. In forensic science field, chemists work for law enforcement organizations in the analysis of crime scene evidence. Material chemists are employed by companies involved in polymers/plastics, semiconductors, ceramics, glasses, alloys, a new generation composite materials. Newspapers and magazines employ science/technical writers to present scientific topics at an understandable level for the general public. Many chemists are employed in government civilian and military research laboratories. Pharmaceutical companies employ chemists for development of products as well as in sales department to explain their products to pharmacies and physicians. Yet another option for chemistry graduates is that of patent lawyers or agents, those professionals who have a grounding in science and are trained in specialist areas of law can act in this position.


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