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Do you want to study any course that specializes in Chemistry? Today there are a lot of specializations that are available keeping the subject of Chemistry in mind, namely, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Sciences, etc. Although all these courses have one common topic, which is Chemistry, the aspects of Chemistry addressed to in each such courses are different. So, before joining any such course, you must have some prior knowledge about the course content, eligibility criteria etc. You will find all those and more information about all the courses on Chemistry in the courses offered under this category.

Overview of Chemistry

The courses under this category of Chemistry doesn't all fall under the same professional genre. One will find a lot of interdisciplinary topics relating to the branch of Chemistry. At the very core level, the subject Chemistry or the people who study Chemistry, study the basic composition and properties of a substance. This subject also helps to learn about the reactions, if any, when one substance comes in the contact of another. A student can study this subject under a general science category for completing graduation, that is B.Sc or for studying masters, that is M.Sc, There is also a provision to complete Doctorate and Postdoctoral studies in Chemistry. In fact, a lot of students complete their Postdoctoral research in Chemistry abroad. On the other hand, Chemistry subject has been used to create a lot of interdisciplinary fields or courses. Let us go through a few of such courses in the next section.

Overview of the Course Group

  1. Material Science is one of the popular subjects under this course category. This genre combines the field of Chemistry with Engineering. It deals with the usage and availability of materials. Students who complete their graduation in the field of material sciences can aim for jobs in the chemical industry.
  2. Biochemistry is another very popular course. Nowadays, most of the science colleges offer a degree or diploma course in Biochemistry. It is a study of chemical reactions of processes within the body of any living organism. This stream has helped in the field of pure medical sciences. If a student wants to specialize in new and advanced medicines, then he or she can choose a masters course in Biochemistry.
  3. There is another engineering course that involves Chemistry, which is Chemical Engineering. This course has few similarities topic wise with that on Material Sciences. In this course one would learn about the chemical properties and compositions of various substances which are further used in the manufacture of daily products. There is a high scope of research in this domain.
  4. There is another subject that attracts interdisciplinary knowledge. This subject is Physical Chemistry. This subject is a mixture of Physics, Chemistry and Statistics. All those who have completed their graduation in either of these three subjects, can consider completing M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry after their graduation. This course basically deals with the basic constituents of a substance, that is an atom. One can study the properties of the substances and their reactions at the bare atomic level.

Admission process for every course is different. Some include admission tests, while the others offer admission purely on merit basis.This means that you must score a minimum of 80% in your qualifying examination. The admission tests could also be at national levels or state levels or could differ according to the university a student chooses.

Basic aim of this course category

This course group is aimed for students who have completed their schooling in science stream. After completing their higher secondary, some students remain confused about what to do in the future, or what genre to choose for their graduation. This course group or category will help such students to make a note of what could be in store for them for further studies. The main thing to be kept in mind before going through this course category is that the students further wish to specialize in Chemistry, either as a pure science subject or as an interdisciplinary field. All those students who have a preliminary decision for their pursuit of undergraduate studies in the field of Chemistry should also go through the subjects or courses available under this category. This will help them to be sure about their final choices. They can even alter their choices by scrutinizing the variety of courses displayed under this category.

Competitive Examinations on Chemistry

There are no particular competitive examination that helps in shortlisting the talented students of Chemistry subject only. However, lots of competitive examinations include Chemistry as one of the required subjects. For example, the joint entrance examination of any state or the engineering examinations of national level require a certain level of knowledge in Chemistry. In fact most of such entrance examinations restrict the application from those students only who have obtained their marks in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics over a certain cutoff. Another criterion to be eligible for the joint entrance examination is to complete higher secondary. There are a few other competitive examinations like RRB or Railway Recruitment Board examinations. In the first or third tier of this examination one doesn't require Chemistry that much. But in the second tier, one needs to have appropriate subject knowledge. Here students require the basic knowledge on Chemistry.The other very popular examination is UGC or CSIR NET. This examination is attempted by those who wish to either pursue research work on the subject of Chemistry or become professors in this subject. It would be advisable to choose this examination only if someone wishes to pursue research in the future than for becoming a professor. If a student completes his or her PhD. degree by virtue of a NET score, then he or she will automatically be eligible for professor posts at a college or university. So, just opting for lectureship scores while giving the UGC or CSIR NET examination might make a student lose out on the possibility of higher studies. To be eligible for UGC or CSIR NET one must have a master's degree with minimum 55% marks.
So, as it may be understood, that this category of studies has a lot of potential and that too in various disciplines. Therefore, it is quite evident that this group of studies has a lot of scope from the point of view of getting jobs. In the next section we will discuss, what are the various jobs that a student passing from any course containing Chemistry as one of the main constituent subjects, can opt for.


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Future Job Prospects

  1. There is a lot of scope of becoming a material scientist for students who choose material science as their course. In the beginning, a student will become a junior research fellow. After 5 years, he or she can become a senior research fellow. A student can also opt for the different grades of posts as a scientist, while continuing as research fellow, like grade A or B or C etc. But the primary condition for most of these grade posts are that a student needs to complete his or her PhD. before applying for these posts.
  2. A person with a degree in material science can become a data analyst. The job of a data analyst can be totally analyzing a secondary data or collecting data from the field. One can join as a data analyst in any leading body corporate.
  3. If someone completes a degree in Biochemistry, then he or she can become an intern in a pharmacy. He or she will be able to learn the nomenclature and function of medicines.
  4. As a graduate in Biochemistry a student can opt for becoming a medical coder. A medical coder has to work at a pharmacy, interact with a lot of clients. One will have to encode the medical information available from medicines and other areas into a numeric format. Some statistical analysis may have to be done along with the encoding. All those students who have masters in Biochemistry may also try to become part-time lecturers at a college. The job of a part-time lecturer is to conduct classes in the topics assigned and correcting the assignments given in the classes.
  5. If a student has a degree in chemical engineering, then he or she can think of applying for a job in the chemical industries. Initially, a student will get internships at a chemical factory, which could be paid or unpaid. The experience gained in working and experimenting with the chemicals in a fertilizer or paint or any other factory, will help the students in getting a permanent job in the industry. After a few years of experience as a full-time employee, the employee can become a quality analyst. The job of the analyst will be to check the quality of raw materials and the finished goods in the chemical factories. They have to spend a lot of time outside the office and on the field. They can become the zonal manager after around 12-15 years of experience in a chemical industry. The job of the manager will be to delegate tasks to such quality analysts and other people. Along with this, they will have to maintain the stock books and look after the proper usage of money and other resources. They have to prepare comprehensive reports on the work completed by their juniors and see that every product gets manufactured and disposed off within time.
  6. For all those students, who are either pursuing or have completed their PhD. work on Chemistry, should apply for professor posts at any college or university. Such students will directly join as an assistant professor. After an experience of 3 years or more, they can become the head of their Chemistry department. After another 5-10 years, they will be promoted to associate and other higher professor positions. They will be assigned a lot of administrative work, along with their job to deliver lectures.