Chemistry is the science of energy, the properties and structure of matter, and chemical reactions. Commonly regarded as a ‘central’ science, it often links aspects of Physics with natural sciences, such as Biology and Geology. Famous chemists include the Ancient Greek philosopher Democritus, who propounded the first theory of atoms, to Alfred Nobel (best known for his eponymous peace prize), who succeeded in isolating dynamite. Chemistry used to be a rather risky endeavour: the pioneering radiologist Marie Curie, who won the Nobel Prize for both Chemistry and Physics, succumbed to aplastic anaemia caused by radiation exposure. Today, however, chemists work on various projects in generally much safer contexts, including the biotechnology, food and pharmaceuticals industries. Learning this subject at school level and beyond can thus open up myriad career paths and opportunities.
Chemistry is about the molecules that form us and surround us; it is about matter and how that matter changes. Studying chemistry allows you to learn about the nano-skeleton of everything that constitutes our physical world, and why things behave the way they do – from the rise of bread dough to the lather of dish soap, from the alchemy of perfume manufacturing to the biochemical effects of your morning cup of coffee.
In addition to being fundamental in our daily lives, chemistry is a fundamental subject in science. Chemistry is often called the ‘central science’ because a firm knowledge of this subject is essential for the in-depth study of most other areas of science, and it overlaps with biology, medicine, physics engineering, geology and earth sciences. Because of this, gaining qualifications in chemistry – whether at school or university level – can open up many doors to different careers and diverse opportunities in science. In fact, chemistry is a core subject and a prerequisite for many university degrees such as medicine, engineering and natural sciences.
Chemistry is a fascinating subject to study and it can lead to a highly rewarding career in science, however, the skills it teaches are extremely transferrable and valued in most work sectors. General skills gained include numeracy, data handling, computing, evaluating written material and verbal and written presenting skills. These skills are required in many areas of managerial and corporate work as well as business, finance and banking, and many chemists choose to pursue a career in these areas instead.
Chemistry is progressing at an exciting pace, and as new breakthroughs emerge, so do new opportunities for graduates to work in fields such as genetics, nanotechnology, drug discovery, the environment and next-generation computer hardware.
In the UK, the chemical and allied industries include the manufacturing of petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and fragrances, and together these represent a contribution of roughly £4 billion to the economy each year. Collectively these industries employ large numbers of chemists to carry out research and work within development, sales, marketing and management.
And there are plenty of opportunities elsewhere. Owing to the extremely versatile nature of the subject, demand for chemistry graduates is high and skills that chemists obtain can be applied to many different career sectors. This might mean a career in medicine, food and drink, manufacturing of metals and polymers, computing, scientific journalism, biotechnology, nanoscience, geochemistry, Green Chemists, government research, forensics and patent law, and many more.
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http://www.rsc.org – The Royal Society of Chemistry
http://www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry – Learn Chemistry section of the RCS
https://iupac.org – IUPAC – International Union of Pure and AppliedChemistry
http://www.soci.org – Society of Chemical Industry
https://www.icheme.org – Institute of Chemical Engineers
http://www.cefic.org – The European Chemical Industry Society
http://www.chemguide.co.uk – A study resource for learning
http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/outreach/educators/uk-chemistry-olympiad/ UK Chemistry Olympiad
https://www.webelements.com – An interactive periodic Table
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zs6hvcw – BBC Bitesize
http://www.chalkbored.com/lessons/chemistry-11.htm – Short lessons and resources
http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/chemistry/letters/ – Glossary of Chemical Words
http://www.organic-chemistry.org – Organic Chemistry portal
http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/motm.htm – Molecule of the Month
http://www.rsc.org/journals-books-databases/about-journals/ – RSC Journals
http://www.biochemj.org – Biochemical Journal
http://pubs.acs.org – AmericanChemical Society Publications
http://pubs.acs.org/journal/joceah – The Journal of OrganicChemistry
http://www.publish.csiro.au/en – EnvironmentalChemistry
http://pubs.acs.org/journal/inocaj – InorganicChemistry
http://www.springer.com – Springer Journals inChemistry