Do you like chemicals and matter? Cayden Steffel 2nd hour

Basic Chemist Facts

  • Often wear protective gloves, masks, and glasses
  • Work in labs and offices
  • Median pay $74,720
  • 98,400 jobs in 2014
  • Most work 40 hours a week
  • Work to improve things from rocket fuel to makeup
  • Masters degree in chemistry
  • Plan and do complex research projects
  • Study the properties of substances
  • Chemists discover new compounds or combinations using scientific method

Pros and Cons


  • Work with many different people, ability to make new friends.
  • 40 hour work week, it's a regular work week.
  • Good salary $74,720, is an above average salary.
  • Work to improve things, I've always wanted to do since I was a kid.
  • Experiments, always seemed fun for me.

  • Being in a lab or offices, I wouldn't like to be in a office all day.
  • Around dangerous chemicals, is possibility of an injury.
  • Wear safety gear, can sometimes be uncomfortable.

What do you need to do to succeed in this career?

High School Courses:

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Probability

Calculus and chemistry will help you know about the career. They will also help you know about the chemicals and the compounds you will be dealing with, and mathematical equations. Physics will help you understand about the world around us and prepare for physics in college. Statistics and probability will help you determine possible outcomes.

College Courses:

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

These courses will be helpful because Biochemistry and Chemistry teach the substances, and reactions of living systems. Organic Chemistry focuses on the scientific study of the properties and behavior of the hydrocarbon compounds and their derivatives. Inorganic Chemistry focuses on the study of the elements and compounds other then the hydrocarbon compounds and their derivatives. Chemical Physics is the study of structural phenomena combining the disciplines of physical chemistry and atomic/molecular physics

Colleges Pros and Cons



  • Close to home
  • In state tuition
  • No room and board


  • There isn't a lot of people to get accepted.
  • Stay at home
  • Costs

UW Madison


  • In state tuition
  • In Wisconsin
  • Close to home


  • Longer travels home
  • Room and board
  • Not knowing large college

University of Hawaii at Hilo


  • Warm
  • New culture
  • Small college


  • Out of state tuition
  • Room and board
  • Not close to home



(800) 227-5558 (US)

1155 Sixteenth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20036


Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7437 8656

Job Advertisement

Are you interested in doing experiments then being a chemist might be the job for you. Does looking In a lab sound fun or doing things that require gloves and protective masks and glasses. Does $56,000 sound like enough money for you? To get this job you will need a masters at least but most get a doctorate degree in chemistry. There are many college opportunities and provided helpful high school courses. Chemists usually graduate with a masters degree so that s about 6 years of college . At entry level you can have a average salary of $38,000 and at advanced you could go upwards of $95,000.


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