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What careers should I look into if I'm interested in chemistry especially forensic chemistry?

I've been interested in chemistry since I was a little kid because it gives me insight as to how the world really works on the molecular level. I like forensic because I get to solve challenging problems. Science and math are my best subjects at school and I enjoy tasks that require critical thinking. I want to be challenged and my work to make a positive impact.

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Courtney’s Answer

Nick,
Good for you!

I found this link and thought it would be helpful as it explains a little about the positions and even income:
https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/careers-in-chemistry

I am biased of course and would love to see more bright minds in identifying and developing treatments for some of the illnesses that we struggle with in society today. As an example there is s real crisis brewing in the treatment of bacterial infections. We have not been the best stewards of antibiotic use over the years and find ourselves needing novel antimicrobials as the bugs get "smarter".

Best of luck!
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Jay’s Answer

You could look into being a forensic toxicologist or a drug chemist at a crime lab. Those two disciplines require chemistry degree. Trace Evidence analysis also requires chemistry (mostly organic and analytical). The other disciplines in forensics such as serology and DNA usually require some kind of biology degree.
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Kwizera’s Answer

Hey Nick. I am glad you are sharing your question with us. Adding to what Kalina said you can as well look into the following:


1. Crime Scene Investigator
2. DNA analyst
3. Pathologist
4. Toxicologist

There are many careers that pertain to chemistry but these four go with forensic chemistry as they focus on anything that has to do with chemistry + forensic meaning : its chemistry used to solve criminal cases or anything that has to do with courts of law
Thank you comment icon thank you! very helpful Nick
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Kalina’s Answer

You can research Biotechnology or Biochemistry/ Chemical Engineering. Biotechnology consists of vast fields. The most in-demand careers in Biotechnology include Medical Sciences, Clinical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Microbiology, Medical Engineering, Process Development Science, and Clinical Research. And as for the Biochemistry - you can work as Medical Chemist, Patent Examiner, Petroleum Engineer, Food Scientist, etc.
Thank you comment icon thank you! Really appreciate the detail. Nick
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