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Chemistry Overview - Preparation - Specialty Areas - Co-ops and Internships - Employment - Earnings - Profiles of Chemists - Career Path Forecast -Professional Organizations - PowerPoint - Podcast

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- Chemical Education
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- Chemical Information
- Chemical Sales and Marketing
- Chemical Technology
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry
- Consulting
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- Environmental Chemistry
- Food and Flavor Chemistry
- Forensic Chemistry
- Geochemistry
- Hazardous Waste Management
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Science
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Oil and Petroleum
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Polymer Chemistry
- Pulp and Paper Chemistry
- R&D Management
- Science Writing
- Textile Chemistry
- Water Chemistry

Science Writing
Science writers describe discoveries and commercial developments in all branches of science, engineering, medicine, and environmental science. They explain the impact these discoveries have on the lives of average individuals. Science writers usually work in one of four career areas: science journalism, public communications, technical writing in industry, and editing. Science journalists write articles for general circulation magazines, science magazines geared to the general public, magazines for scientists and engineers, and newspapers. Some work for television and radio networks. Science writers specializing in public communications prepare press releases and reports for federal and state government agencies, research universities, research institutes, and professional societies. Those working at universities and research institutes often assist researchers in preparing grant proposals. Technical writers in industry prepare technical bulletins, technical advertising, and press releases, and they assist in writing technical papers. Science editors edit articles for science and technology journals, magazines, and books, as well as government reports.

   Related Associations:
       American Chemical Association
   Related Links:
       ACS Career Brief

Textile Chemistry
Textile chemistry is primarily an applied form of chemistry. It is a highly specialized field that applies the principles of the basic fields of chemistry to the understanding of textile materials and to their functional and esthetic modification into useful and desirable items. Textile materials are used in clothing, carpet, tire yarn, sewing thread, upholstery, and air bags, to name a few examples.  Some textile chemists are less oriented toward manufacturing processes and more focused toward fiber technologies. The study of textile chemistry begins with the knowledge of fibers themselves-both natural and synthetic. Because synthetic fibers are such an important part of today's textile business, the field includes many who are trained as polymer chemists. The interaction between textile chemistry and materials science is also increasing. Textile chemistry includes the application of the principles of surface chemistry to cleaning processes and modifications such as dyeing and finishing. It encompasses organic chemistry in the synthesis and formulation of the products used in these processes.

   Related Associations:
       American Chemical Association
   Related Links:
       ACS Career Brief

Water Chemistry
Water chemists undertake a variety of responsibilities. Their titles vary as well -- some of which are hydrologist, geologist, hydrobiogeochemist, water purification chemist, wastewater treatment plant chemist, surface-water chemist, and groundwater chemist. The range in titles reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field and represents the wide range of applications of the work as well as the importance of these roles in our daily lives. Water chemists are both specialists and generalists; they use their specific knowledge about water for applications that affect whole ecosystems. Water chemists generally work on interdisciplinary teams that may include scientists with expertise in soil culture, geology, aquatic biology, statistics, forestry, hydrogeology, chemistry, mathematical modeling, and database management. The teams study and monitor a given ecosystem or industrial process; they discover the impact of water on other elements of the system and, conversely, how these other elements affect the quality of the water.

   Related Associations:
       American Chemical Association
   Related Links:
       ACS Career Brief

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the American Chemical Society and the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 


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