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Chemistry, the study of substances and energy from the elements Hydrogen to their compounds H20, better known as water. Chemistry focuses on composition, characteristics, changes, reactions, uses, benefits, and dangers of substances. Chemistry includes inorganic and organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, applied chemistry, bio-chemistry, and physical chemistry. Without the knowledge of Chemistry we would not have various foods, clothing, furniture, medicines, plastics, glass, paper, and electronic devices. Chemistry is a fundamental part of our lives and every other living and non-living thing on the planet, as well as the universe. Longwood's Chemistry Department offers majors a crucial education to today's relevant issues such as environmental protection and nuclear weaponry.

John Dalton- "We might as well attempt to introduce a new planet into the solar system, or to annihilate one already in existence, as to create or destroy a particle of hydrogen."

Career Fields associated with Chemistry Majors:

  • Agronomist
  • Food & Drug Analyst
  • Pharmacist
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Food Technologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Biochemist
  • Geneticist
  • Physicist
  • Ceramic Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Sanitarian
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Industrial Health Engineer
  • Science Technician
  • Chemist
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Consumer Protection Specialist
  • Metallurgist
  • Toxicologist
  • Dentist
  • Nuclear Scientist
  • Wood Scientist
  • Dietitian
  • Nutritionist
  • Educator
  • Patent Examiner




Related Skills:

  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Ability to make critical observations and appropriate decisions
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, thinking, questioning, analyzing, and problem solving
  • Ability to operate scientific equipment
  • Intellectual capacity to perform well undergraduate and graduate curriculum
  • Ability to organize and maintain accurate records
  • Proficiency in critical speaking and memorization
  • Ability to conduct and clearly explain scientific research
  • Good vision and manual dexterity
  • A thorough knowledge of basic biological theories and practices

Personal attributes associated with Chemistry:

  • Achievement
  • Desire to help mankind
  • Intellectual growth
  • Desire for preciseness
  • Willingness to take risks
  • Public Recognition
  • Pleasure in learning to new skills
  • Sensitivity to the health and safety of others
  • Patience
  • Curiosity
  • Integrity
  • Responsibility

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.