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    Majored in chemistry. Currently working toward a PhD in chemistry.
    My current research involves optical and electronic properties of inorganic materials. Past research has involved a lot of environmental science and analytical chemistry.
    For money I am on a grad student support plan, which pays me to teach things like physical chemistry problem sessions and organic chemistry lab. It also covers tuition.
    In the future I plan to either get a postdoc research position or a real job. Real (non-academic) jobs for chemists typically come from one of three places: government, non-profits, or industry.
    Wow, that sounds cool! Thanks for the information at the end.

    I'm in my senior (4th) year of college, majoring in Chemistry also. I want to get a job in industry, but not sure what sub-field of chemistry I'd prefer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimarron View Post
    Wow, that sounds cool! Thanks for the information at the end.

    I'm in my senior (4th) year of college, majoring in Chemistry also. I want to get a job in industry, but not sure what sub-field of chemistry I'd prefer.
    I don't know anything about your particular interests or situation, but the primary difference between industry and the rest is the motive. In industry, the bottom line is always how much you can sell, how much money you can make, how you can improve a product to make it cheaper, or stronger, or more effective, etc. There's always a product. What your work will actually involve depends on what company you're with. It could be anything. Drug business is huge, though, and there are a lot of chemists who get hired by companies like Merck.

    In government work, it depends strongly on what department you're in. For example, you could find yourself making sniffers to detect C/BW for the CDC, calibrating standards at NIST, or doing maintenance on the beam line at BNL.

    Non-profit work usually involves some kind of environmental monitoring, or developing technologies to be used for environmental monitoring.

    Academic work is usually more open-ended in that there isn't always a product or service you're trying to sell. My own research is more on the pure science side of things in that we're less interested in the applications of what we're doing than the physics behind it.

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    So are you kind of saying that industry decides what fields you'll be focusing on? There are industries for plenty of fields, but many companies probably cover multiple fields at once, right?

    I say I'm "not sure what field I'd be interested in" mostly because the Chemistry department here at school urges us to specialize in an area. I haven't gotten much of a chance to do that, but still, I'm wondering if getting a range of areas covered will work as well, better, or worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimarron View Post
    So are you kind of saying that industry decides what fields you'll be focusing on? There are industries for plenty of fields, but many companies probably cover multiple fields at once, right?

    I say I'm "not sure what field I'd be interested in" mostly because the Chemistry department here at school urges us to specialize in an area. I haven't gotten much of a chance to do that, but still, I'm wondering if getting a range of areas covered will work as well, better, or worse.
    The notion of a "field" is kind of ambiguous, unless you're doing organic synthesis. You're correct in thinking that most jobs, and research, involve a mixture of things. The subdivision of chemistry, and indeed all of science, into categories like "inorganic," "biochemistry," "physical," etc. is mostly artificial, and any innovative work is going to combine aspects of several of your chemistry courses.

    For example, I worked as a chemist in the soaps and detergents industry for a year. Mostly this involved acid/base chemistry, such as tweaking the pH of different things, making different combinations of detergents to increase cleaning power, etc., but it also involved spectroscopy, rheology, and statistical analysis. As another example, my current research combines aspects of optics, inorganic chemistry, materials science, and nanotechnology. That's really how innovation happens -- by combining different aspects of a wide variety of topics to produce something new.

    IMO that's one reason why it's important to start reading the journals early in your chemistry career. The classroom is often too academic to give you a sense of how what you're learning will be applied to real-life research. Reading journals will also help you decide on the focus of your major, because as you are exposed to real research, you can find new things that you truly find interesting.

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