Why Choose Chemistry?
Chemistry teaches people about the structure, composition, and nature of matter. The knowledge that comes with a background in this program can prepare you for fields and majors in many difference scientific areas.
Here is a list of skills you will gain when studying chemistry:
- Molecular synthesis
- Molecular structure of cells and systems
- Chemical modeling
- Laboratory analysis procedures and equipment maintenance
Careers in Chemistry
Projected Job Growth
Here is the projected job growth for fields related to chemistry (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics): Employment of chemists and materials scientists is projected to grow 6% from 2012 to 2022; Employment of chemical technicians is projected to grow 9% from 2012 to 2022; Employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 4% from 2012 to 2022.
Types of Jobs
Individuals who study chemistry typically become:
- Chemists and Material Scientists
- Chemical Engineers
- Chemical Technicians
- College Chemistry Teachers
- College Environmental Science Teachers
- College Physics Teachers
- Environmental Scientists
- Forensic Science Technicians
- High School Teachers
- Natural Science Managers
The national median annual salary for these positions (based on Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2012) are: Chemists and Materials scientists - $73,060 ($35.13 per hour); Chemical technicians - $42,920 ($20.64 per hour); Chemical engineers - $94,350 ($45.36 per hour).
Chemistry teaches people about the structure and composition, and nature of matter.
Degrees & Certificates in Chemistry
The Associate in Arts degree with Emphasis in Chemistry is designed to certify that students have completed the requirements through sophomore level for a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, and the Biological Sciences at most 4-year colleges and universities.
Also, the degree with emphasis in Chemistry signifies students have completed their first 2 years of chemistry courses required by most institutions for their programs in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, and medical technology.
Students will complete the requirements through the sophomore level of a baccalaureate degree at most 4-year colleges and universities in
- Chemical Engineering
- Biological Sciences.
Also, the Associate in Arts degree with Emphasis in Chemistry signifies students have completed the first 2 years of chemistry courses required by most institutions for programs in
- Veterinary Medicine
- Medical Technology