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Chemists are scientists that study Chemistry and the composition and nature of various compounds and the different changes that they undergo. They can work for a variety of industries, in the laboratory or out in the field. Chemists are very important for the manufacturing of all types of textiles and food products. In 2008, it was estimated that there were over 84,000 chemists employed in country from different kinds of industries.

For those who want to get into this kind of profession, the most basic requirement to have is a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. This degree will usually take four years of schooling. However, there are plenty of companies that prefer chemists with even higher educational attainments, such as a Master's Degree or a Doctorate. Those who have background in other fields of science and mathematics are considered an advantage as well.

As mentioned before, chemists can occupy various jobs in the industry. One of the most common positions for Chemistry majors is in the academe - as a teacher or an instructor. Some who teach in high school may or may not need to have higher degrees while those who teach in universities and colleges usually require an M.S. or a Ph.D. title.

Other chemists can also be employed in the field of research and development. These positions are very important since these studies are the fundamental basis for the development of new products in the market. They combine molecules and substances to create newer and more durable textiles for human use and consumption.

Apart from that, they can also be employed in the actual production and manufacturing process. Chemists in this field of the industry work with chemical engineers to create protocols needed for the mass production of various textiles and goods. They are also involved in quality control - supervising the testing of products to ensure that they meet the company's and the government's standards for safety.

In spite of the number of chemists employed today, analysts predict that the demand for the position is still expected to grow up until 2016. More and more chemists are now in demand in the fields of biochemistry, food science, and pharmaceutical science.

Chemists have relatively high salaries as well. Annual earnings from various industries can average from $45,000 to as high as $85,000 a year, depending on the industry and company. Generally, positions in private companies offer higher pay than those in the government. Those in the field of research and development are estimated to have the lowest salary range.

Chemists usually work within regular office hours, for those who are employed in labs, classrooms and offices. Those who are assigned to do research and fieldwork however, may have a completely different time scheme.

Even though chemists work with potentially hazardous chemicals and substances, safety protocols that have been developed over the years have made the working environment a whole lot safer.

So if you are interested in this kind of career, invest in a good Chemistry degree and get as much experience as you can. With the number of positions that are offered out in the market today, finding a suitable job won't be too hard to do.
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