Chemists play a key role in the development of drugs, which are helping to cure and alleviate diseases and prolong life span. Chemists have developed substances such as Kevlar, Teflon, plastics, alloys, fuels, and thousands of other new and useful products. Chemists are also at the forefront of developing fields such as nanotechnology. They are actively involved in environmental issues and are helping to tap new sources of energy to replace the earth's finite reserves of petroleum. It is essential to have an understanding of chemistry to truly understand the world around us.
Chemistry is one of the most diverse sciences. This program of study provides a good background for entry into a career as a Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Crime Lab (forensic) Analyst, Food and Drug Inspector, and Food Technologist. A Chemist can work in a wide range of other areas, such as:
The skill set necessary for success for any of the above careers includes critical thinking, mathematics, deductive and inductive reasoning, as well as specific knowledge in each individual field.