As a chemist, you will be involved in the quest for a greater understanding of chemical substances including their composition and properties and in the pursuit of creating new chemical compounds and improved products for use in a variety of applications.
Chemists conduct basic research to investigate the structure, composition and properties of matter and the interaction of chemical substances with each other. They also work on application oriented research for developing new products such as synthetic fibers, drugs, plastics, fertilizers, detergents and cosmetics. Chemists also create new and efficient processes for areas like oil refining and petrochemical processing to reduce energy use and pollution.
Studying Chemistry, Physics and Maths at the 10+2 level and securing a minimum score in these subjects would be a prerequisite for admission into a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
Studying biology will be an advantage because at the graduate level, you may have biology related chapters and concepts in your course.
The common course offered at the UG level in this area is B.Sc. Chemistry. The duration of the course is usually 3 years.
5 year Integrated M.Sc. programs (BSc.+MSc.) in chemistry are offered by many of the prominent universities in the country.
After completing the UG degree, you can either go for an MSc. or an MS in Chemistry with specialisations of your choice. M.Sc. courses in India are of two years duration and MS degrees offered in various universities abroad are mostly of one year duration.
There are Integrated PhD (5 year dual degree course of Master’s and PhD) programs available at various universities across the country.
After pursuing master’s, you can go for an MPhil/PhD in chemistry if your profile (including projects, research papers, and internships) and research proposal is excellent.
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Chemists should possess good written and oral communication skills as they are supposed to write reports and present their research works to different audiences.
Chemists should have good problem solving skills as they may face many unexpected problems and issues in their experiments or work areas and they have to anticipate and formulate effective solutions to these problems.
Chemists should be able to accurately analyse the data and interpret it to make proper inferences.
Chemists will be dealing with numerical calculations, algebraic functions etc and thus good mathematical skills and data handling skills are required.
Chemists should have perseverance as they might face situations where they should retry and rethink on a task or experiment.
Perceptual skills are important for chemists. They should be able to give attention to detail and accurately process the information coming from various sources.
Chemists have to use different technological devices in order to conduct their research and hence good technical skills are recommended.
Chemists must be able to work smoothly in teams of varied compositions