Expanding the Niches

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ACS Careers Blog

When you were a child, and people asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, you probably said something like doctor or teacher.  Those were the careers you had personal experience with, and the ones where you thought you knew what they did.

But just because you have been to a pediatrician, does that mean you know anything about what it’s like to be a geriatric oncologist, a thoracicsurgeon, or a diagnostic radiologist?  Each of these is a type of doctor, but what they do is very different.

The same is true of being a chemist.  My own informal surveys over the years have always shown that the majority of professional chemists became so because they had a wonderful high school teacher, who got them excited about the logic and the beauty of chemistry.  Many went on to major in chemistry in college, with little knowledge of…

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