Being an Organic Chemist.....

The things you need to know

What it is they do and where they tend to work

They study molecules that contain Carbon. They characterize, synthesize or find applications for organic compounds. They preform calculations and chemical reactions to achieve their goals.

Organic chemists work in labs mainly. They can work in teams or on their own depending on the amount of education they received.

Education for this field....

  • You'd need to earn a bachelor's degree in organic chemistry to begin this career.
  • Senior or independent work career would require a doctorate.
  • You need to have taken the courses; biochemistry,molecular biology,cell biology and pharmacology,Organic chemistry I and II

The cost for the education may cost more then $1,200 per course


  • Federal executive branch: $88,930
  • Scientific research & development: $68,760
  • chemical manufacture: $62,340
  • Pharmaceutical manufacture: $57,210
  • Testing laboratories: $45,730

Is an internship required?

-No, but it is recommended for the reason of having more experience than if you did not.

How often do you expect raises?

-well, just like any job, you get raises when you are promoted.

Is travel required?

-Yes,but depending.

Is there a possibility of being able to work at home?

-Yes, there is but only if you are considered as an independent chemist. Meaning that you would need much more education and you would need to have your own lab.

The pros and cons of being an Organic Chemist.


  • You have an extremely well paying job.
  • You have the ability of testing products even before it hit shelf's!
  • You may work independently (depending on the amount of education you have).


  • You need to pay a great amount of money for your amount of education.
  • Its advised you should have a great amount of education.
  • If you aren't much of a sociable person or good with working in teams, its a down a con because you would need to work in a team in a lab, unless you are qualified to work alone.
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