We surveyed 2,048 chemists to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical chemist. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a chemist?

Low

High

Working as a chemist typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that chemists are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a chemist?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a chemist typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a chemist?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a chemist. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for chemists.

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Do chemists work full-time or part-time?

84% of chemists work in full-time roles while 16% work part-time.

Is being a chemist stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst chemists, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a chemist?

Low

High

Organization is considered a very important trait for chemists, and is critical to success in the field.

How competitive is the workplace for chemists?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for chemists.

Does being a chemist require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for chemists.

Are chemists allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Chemists rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do chemists have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally chemists will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a chemist physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a chemists is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are chemists exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Chemists tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a chemist require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail is a vital skill for chemists, as small mistakes can make or break one's ability to succeed in the career.

Does being a good chemist require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a chemist.