What does the chemist do?

Chemistry is everywhere. Much of the technological advances achieved by civilization have come about thanks to curiosity and the effort to develop new techniques to separate and transform materials found in nature.

The Chemistry professional is a person able to know, research and also turn these materials into products.

The chemist can work in several areas, such as: petroleum, cosmetics, food, medicines, biofuels, analysis, beverages, quality control, expertise, pulp, etc.

The chemist must be able to research, develop and manufacture new products such as:

- insecticides and fertilizers
- food preservatives
- clothing fibers and fabrics
- plastics
- medicines
- building materials
- cosmetics and perfumes
- food and drinks
- metallic and non-metallic mining
- paints and solvents

The chemist must also be able to know the chemical and physical properties of materials.


According to the Regional Chemistry Council, to become a Chemistry professional you must attend one of the following university courses:

- Chemical engineering
- Food Engineering
- Plastics Engineering
- Industrial chemistry
- Chemistry (bachelor's degree)
- Chemistry (degree)

Some courses have an emphasis on technology, such as higher level technologist courses:

- Technologist in Oenology
- Dairy Technologist
- Technologist in polymers
- Technologist in industrial chemical analysis

There are also mid-level chemical technical courses, which can be with emphasis on various branches. The courses can be:

- Plastic Technician
- Oenology Technician
- Pulp and paper technician
- Petrochemical Technician
- Technician in technological sanitation

Among the subjects taken in a basic chemistry course, the main ones are:

- General chemistry
- Inorganic chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Analytical chemistry
- Physicochemical
- Physics
- Calculation