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Chemist Career Information

Can you imagine life without table salt, detergent and toilet soap! Not really. These products, which we take for granted have been made possible only by chemical technology. A number of the everyday products depend either directly or indirectly on chemical technology.

What a Chemist does

Abilities & Traits Required


A bachelor's degree in chemistry will get you an entry-level job in this field. However, if it is research that you are aiming at then you should stop at nothing less than a Ph.D. Graduates can specialise in a sub-field of chemistry, such as analytical chemistry or polymer chemistry, depending on your interests and the kind of work they wish to do. For example, those interested in drug research in the pharmaceutical industry need to develop a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry. Graduates can also pursue pure sciences.

Chemistry graduates interested in the applied sector may choose from a variety of options like industrial chemistry, sugar technology, food technology, medical lab technology, pharmaceutical chemistry, paper and pulp technology, process instrumentation, textile chemicals, oils, paints, fine chemicals, dyes and intermediates, industrial polymer chemistry, etc.

In government or industry, beginners with bachelor's degrees work in quality control, analytical testing, or assist senior chemists in research and development laboratories. The best qualification would be a Ph.D. or at least a master's degree for basic and applied research. Ph.D. holders are the most likely to be promoted to administrative positions.

Environmental studies are another upcoming field. For that you need to take courses in environmental studies and become familiar with current legislation and regulations. Knowledge of computers is essential, as employers are looking for applicants who can apply computer skills to modelling and simulation tasks and operate computerised laboratory equipment.


For starters, the pay check may vary from anything between Rs 18000 - 25000 a month.

MNCs offer good pay-checks, ranging between Rs 25 000 to nearly Rs 50000 a month for people with brilliant academics, teamed with a good track record on the job.

Freelancing is another way of earning the big bucks. Usually, small scale Indian companies approach you with projects for which you have to come up with viable solutions not only on paper but practically as well. But for getting freelancing jobs, you need to have good industrial experience.

Chemists, employed by colleges and universities as lecturers, begin at Rs 18000-25000 a month.

As a consultant you could easily earn Rs 100000-150000 upward from the commencement of your project till the day it is actually realised.

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