Organic Chemist

Organic chemists are scientists that study matter that contains carbon. They specifically focus on the structure properties and reactions of carbon-containing compounds. They perform research studies on such compounds and they provide their results and findings to many industries that use the information to develop products. For example the pharmaceutical industry often requires the help of organic chemists to develop new molecules or compounds that are known to work in the medical realm. Organic chemists use many different types of high tech machinery to analyze chemical compounds and observe how the compounds behave when they have particular characteristics. Organic chemists must have a great deal of patience because they take a highly analytical approach when solving problems. Sometimes their experiments do not pan out so they must be capable of thinking of new ways to approach a process or problem. Also they must adhere strictly to safety rules in the laboratory because there is always a potential for explosions and injuries with this type of work. Organic chemists must have good technical skills and be able to work on teams or in some cases to direct research groups in the laboratory. Organic chemists often work in pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies and some work for the chemical or petroleum industries. Some complete technical laboratory work but others choose to apply their knowledge by working in such jobs as sales and marketing. For these jobs they need at least a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. However they must earn Master’s andor Ph.D. degree in chemistry if they want to move into management or if they hope to secure academic teaching andor research positions at colleges or universities. Organic chemists’ earnings depend on education experience and type of employers. The website says that the average annual salary for organic chemists is approximately $68000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $68000
High Salary: $78000
Low Salary: $58000
Tasks: Studies compounds that contain carbon.
Creates new molecules.
Conducts experiments and research in a laboratory.
Observes the chemical and physical properties of organic materials.
Also Called: Pharmaceutical Chemist
Molecular Chemist
Laboratory Chemist
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