What Does a Chemist Do?

Chemists are scientists who study, research and experiment with the properties of chemical substances. They work with simple forms of matter to attain a greater understanding of the substances, uncover the elements of unknown substances and create new substances and solutions to use in different applications.

A chemist may specialize in one field of chemistry including biochemistry, nuclear chemistry, theoretical chemistry and neurochemistry. Some chemists are involved in forensic chemistry to establish evidence in criminal investigations. Biochemists work with reactions and chemicals in living organisms. Neurochemists specialize in molecules and neurochemicals found in biological nervous systems. Nuclear chemists work in power plants to develop new technologies and harness radioactive energy.