YOUR CAREER AS A
Organic chemistry is the study of carbon compounds. Carbon atoms not only form very strong bonds with each other, but uniquely in chemistry, with other elements. When bonded with hydrogen, carbon atoms form hydrocarbons; add oxygen and the compound is a carbohydrate; forming the basis of all living organisms. Inorganic chemistry deals with the properties and behaviours of inorganic compounds, which include minerals, metals and organometallic compounds. As a result, jobs involving chemistry are extremely diverse, but rest assured you will be working with some of the most sophisticated and highly engineered laboratory equipment.
$55,000 – $125,000
Chemistry Honours, possibly postgrad
Absence from home
Generally, chemistry jobs require an Honours degree in Chemistry, and many specialist researchers will have a doctorate in chemistry.
Skills required include:
- an inquiring mind
- technical aptitude
- statistical and analytical skills
- excellent writing and presentation skills.
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- Biomaterials Scientist/Chemist
- Materials and Process Engineering
Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.