As a chemist you will have the tools to analyse and manipulate the fundamental components of our everyday world.
What is chemistry?
Everything you hear, see, smell, taste, and touch involves chemicals. Chemistry is the study of materials to determine their composition and chemical properties. This area of science provides an understanding of the world around us that allows us to create new materials and improve our quality of life.
What do chemists actually do?
Chemists use a variety of analytical tools to test and research various compounds. They conduct experiments to analyse the composition of substances, determine how they react in different environments and create new materials.
Chemists play a vital role in developing many of the everyday products we take for granted and help to sustain and improve our quality of life.
Information gathered by chemists can be used in industrial, mechanical, agricultural and medical environments.
Chemists can specialise in:
- industrial chemistry (design, development and manufacture),
- analytical chemistry (identification and analysis),
- polymers (specialty composites), and
- energy sources (solar cells).
Where do chemists work?
Chemistry opens the door to a wide range of jobs in and out of laboratories.
You may work in:
- chemical processing plants,
- the field (collecting samples, on site testing),
- office environments,
- educational institutions.
Don’t confuse chemists with chemists! When you go to the chemist you visit a pharmacist, these professionals are focused on the action of drugs on biological systems and their applications for human drug therapy.
What type of person do I need to be?
A career in chemistry may be for you, if you:
- enjoy science and have an enquiring mind,
- enjoy mathematics and problem solving,
- are able to think logically, and
- are precise, patient and have attention to detail.