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CHEMIST, IN-DEPTH: Making a Difference in the Environment

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Tina is a Chemist for a lab. Tina was a reentry student, meaning she attended community college and then transferred to a 4 year university. Tina decided she wanted to pursue her original goal of being a Chemist at the age of 30, and she is still currently a Chemist. Tina also discusses what she likes and dislikes about her job, the difficulty of getting a job in her industry and her work-life balance.

School: University of California Davis
Degree: Biology - Environmental Science
Job Title: Chemist

Job Summary: Chemists

Job Description

Chemists conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.

On-the-Job Training

Yes

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$65,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
3 to 7 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Technical skills, Organizational skills, Mathematical skills, Hand-eye coordination

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='10100'>a</span> <span m='10160'>small</span> <span m='10540'>part</span> <span m='10900'>for</span> <span m='11000'>the</span> <span m='11140'>environment.</span> <span m='11780'>And</span> <span m='12110'>I</span> <span m='12510'>feel</span> <span m='12690'>good</span> <span m='12850'>about</span> <span m='13110'>that</span> <span m='13520'>as</span> <span m='13750'>far</span> <span m='14040'>as</span> <span m='14720'>helping</span> <span m='14990'>maintain</span> <span m='15460'>the</span> <span m='15560'>lake's</span> <span m='17500'>quality.</span> <span m='18490'>And</span> <span m='19040'>everybody's</span> <span m='19930'>heard</span> <span m='20150'>of</span> <span m='20510'>Keep</span> <span m='20760'>Lake</span> <span m='20920'>Tahoe</span> <span m='21250'>Blue.</span> <span m='21580'>And</span> <span m='21680'>just</span> <span m='21840'>being</span> <span m='21990'>a</span> <span m='22050'>small</span> <span m='22400'>part</span> <span m='22780'>of</span> <span m='22940'>that</span> <span m='23490'>whole</span> <span m='23680'>project</span> <span m='24620'>is</span> <span m='24800'>important</span> <span m='25230'>to</span> <span m='25350'>me</span> <span m='25620'>and</span> <span m='25730'>doing</span> <span m='25980'>something,</span> <span m='27140'>even</span> <span m='27400'>though</span> <span m='27550'>it's</span> <span m='27780'>small,</span> <span m='28160'>as</span> <span m='28390'>an</span> <span m='28640'>individual,</span> <span m='29260'>to</span> <span m='29360'>help</span> <span m='30890'>with</span> <span m='31360'>as far as the</span> <span m='31840'>environmental</span> <span m='32360'>quality</span> <span m='32740'>at</span> <span m='32810'>the</span> <span m='32890'>lake</span> <span m='33380'>and</span> <span m='33600'>just</span> <span m='33870'>in</span> <span m='34060'>general</span> <span m='34480'>in</span> <span m='34560'>the</span> <span m='34650'>world,</span> <span m='34930'>to</span> <span m='34990'>try</span> <span m='35180'>to</span> <span m='35280'>make</span> <span m='35470'>a</span> <span m='35730'>small</span> <span m='36040'>difference.</span> <span m='36770'>That's</span> <span m='37090'>the</span> <span m='37170'>most</span> <span m='37390'>important</span> <span m='37700'>thing</span> <span m='37910'>to</span> <span m='38040'>me,</span> <span m='38150'>I</span> <span m='38210'>think,</span> <span m='38410'>as</span> <span m='38520'>far</span> <span m='38680'>as</span> <span m='39240'>what</span> <span m='39490'>I</span> <span m='39560'>do</span> <span m='39850'>at my</span> <span m='39950'>job</span> <span m='40200'>is</span> <span m='40320'>concerned.</span> </p><p><span m='41500'>Key</span> <span m='41770'>decision</span> <span m='42210'>was</span> <span m='44820'>actually</span> <span m='45180'>pursuing</span> <span m='45710'>internships</span> <span m='46370'>within</span> <span m='46730'>the</span> <span m='46850'>lab</span> <span m='47140'>that</span> <span m='47260'>I'm</span> <span m='47410'>in</span> <span m='47550'>now.</span> <span m='48400'>It kind</span> <span m='48570'>of</span> <span m='48650'>gave</span> <span m='48910'>me</span> <span m='49690'>the</span> <span m='49930'>opportunity</span> <span m='50530'>to</span> <span m='50580'>actually</span> <span m='50940'>have</span> <span m='51110'>a</span> <span m='51260'>career</span> <span m='51650'>in that</span> <span m='51790'>lab.</span> <span m='52820'>So</span> <span m='53520'>getting</span> <span m='53830'>to</span> <span m='53970'>know</span> <span m='54160'>people</span> <span m='54830'>and</span> <span m='55430'>relationships</span> <span m='56940'>is</span> <span m='57340'>really</span> <span m='57550'>important,</span> <span m='58090'>so</span> <span m='59450'>connecting</span> <span m='59900'>with</span> <span m='60040'>people</span> <span m='60370'>at</span> <span m='60430'>the</span> <span m='60530'>university,</span> <span m='61100'>with</span> <span m='61210'>professors,</span> <span m='61940'>doing</span> <span m='62670'>extracurricular</span> <span m='63360'>activities,</span> <span m='63970'>and</span> <span m='64230'>just</span> <span m='65910'>doing</span> <span m='66160'>things</span> <span m='66420'>as</span> <span m='66560'>a</span> <span m='66600'>volunteer</span> <span m='67370'>to</span> <span m='67500'>show</span> <span m='67730'>that</span> <span m='67870'>you</span> <span m='67980'>have</span> <span m='68150'>an</span> <span m='68240'>interest.</span> <span m='68640'>Because</span> <span m='68790'>I</span> <span m='69300'>don't</span> <span m='69440'>think</span> <span m='69620'>I'd</span> <span m='69730'>be</span> <span m='69820'>working</span> <span m='70140'>in</span> <span m='70200'>the</span> <span m='70290'>lab</span> <span m='70550'>today</span> <span m='70950'>if</span> <span m='71110'>I</span> <span m='71190'>hadn't</span> <span m='71630'>done</span> <span m='71870'>that.</span> <span m='72260'>Because</span> <span m='72590'>there</span> <span m='72760'>were</span> <span m='72810'>so</span> <span m='73010'>many</span> <span m='73280'>people</span> <span m='73570'>that</span> <span m='73700'>applied.</span> </p><p><span m='74290'>But</span> <span m='74660'>they</span> <span m='74820'>already</span> <span m='75190'>knew</span> <span m='75430'>my</span> <span m='75550'>work</span> <span m='75960'>ethic.</span> <span m='76750'>They</span> <span m='76890'>already</span> <span m='77150'>knew</span> <span m='77310'>that</span> <span m='77430'>I had</span> <span m='77660'>the</span> <span m='77720'>experience</span> <span m='78340'>actually</span> <span m='78680'>as</span> <span m='78800'>an</span> <span m='78880'>intern</span> <span m='79160'>in</span> <span m='79300'>the</span> <span m='79400'>lab.</span> <span m='79710'>So</span> <span m='80500'>that</span> <span m='80650'>was</span> <span m='80810'>a big</span> <span m='81170'>decision.</span> </p><p><span m='81890'>It's</span> <span m='82070'>very</span> <span m='82350'>difficult</span> <span m='82900'>right</span> <span m='83130'>now</span> <span m='83450'>because</span> <span m='83760'>of</span> <span m='83850'>the</span> <span m='84050'>budget</span> <span m='84350'>cutbacks.</span> <span m='85050'>There's</span> <span m='85250'>not</span> <span m='85420'>a</span> <span m='85470'>lot</span> <span m='85690'>of</span> <span m='85800'>money</span> <span m='86960'>to</span> <span m='87040'>hire</span> <span m='87340'>new</span> <span m='87480'>people.</span> <span m='88280'>Our</span> <span m='88440'>lab</span> <span m='88680'>used</span> <span m='88900'>to</span> <span m='88950'>have</span> <span m='89170'>three</span> <span m='89390'>people.</span> <span m='89720'>And</span> <span m='89800'>now</span> <span m='90080'>we</span> <span m='90200'>just</span> <span m='90380'>have</span> <span m='90510'>one</span> <span m='90730'>full-time</span> <span m='91130'>employee.</span> </p><p><span m='93520'>So</span> <span m='93690'>it's</span> <span m='94290'>extremely</span> <span m='94720'>difficult</span> <span m='95320'>to</span> <span m='95520'>get</span> <span m='96060'>a</span> <span m='96190'>job</span> <span m='96470'>at</span> <span m='96540'>the</span> <span m='96620'>university</span> <span m='97170'>unless</span> <span m='97450'>you're</span> <span m='97960'>already</span> <span m='98320'>working</span> <span m='98750'>at</span> <span m='98850'>the</span> <span m='98950'>university.</span> <span m='99960'>So</span> <span m='100190'>that's,</span> <span m='100530'>again,</span> <span m='101010'>where</span> <span m='101190'>an</span> <span m='101260'>internship</span> <span m='101730'>is</span> <span m='101840'>extremely</span> <span m='102240'>important</span> <span m='102710'>because</span> <span m='102840'>you've</span> <span m='102970'>already been</span> <span m='103200'>working</span> <span m='103660'>as</span> <span m='103800'>an</span> <span m='103910'>intern</span> <span m='104420'>when</span> <span m='104570'>you're</span> <span m='104720'>a</span> <span m='104780'>student.</span> <span m='105830'>It's</span> <span m='106020'>going</span> <span m='106220'>to</span> <span m='106280'>give</span> <span m='106450'>you</span> <span m='106570'>an</span> <span m='106680'>in</span> <span m='106930'>when</span> <span m='107050'>there</span> <span m='107220'>is</span> <span m='107390'>an</span> <span m='107460'>actual</span> <span m='107840'>opportunity</span> <span m='108570'>for</span> <span m='108790'>a</span> <span m='109060'>career</span> <span m='109210'>position.</span> </p><p><span m='110370'>So</span> <span m='110470'>I</span> <span m='110560'>think,</span> <span m='111160'>again,</span> <span m='111570'>I'm</span> <span m='111990'>stressing the</span> <span m='112490'>internships.</span> <span m='113210'>But</span> <span m='113340'>that's</span> <span m='113580'>one</span> <span m='113850'>way</span> <span m='114130'>to</span> <span m='114340'>actually</span> <span m='114840'>get--</span> <span m='115060'>and</span> <span m='115230'>also,</span> <span m='116140'>I</span> <span m='116250'>constantly</span> <span m='116850'>give</span> <span m='117040'>recommendations.</span> <span m='117840'>I have</span> <span m='118030'>multiple</span> <span m='118420'>interns</span> <span m='118715'>that</span> <span m='119010'>work</span> <span m='119170'>in</span> <span m='119210'>my</span> <span m='119320'>lab.</span> <span m='119630'>And</span> <span m='119900'>I</span> <span m='120010'>give</span> <span m='120200'>recommendations</span> <span m='120950'>on</span> <span m='121070'>a</span> <span m='121110'>regular</span> <span m='121500'>basis.</span> <span m='122440'>And</span> <span m='122540'>I</span> <span m='122610'>know</span> <span m='122955'>two to</span> <span m='123300'>three</span> <span m='123530'>people</span> <span m='123860'>that have</span> <span m='123900'>definitely</span> <span m='125100'>gotten</span> <span m='125310'>their</span> <span m='125450'>position</span> <span m='125910'>because</span> <span m='126270'>of</span> <span m='126380'>those</span> <span m='126570'>recommendations.</span> <span m='127720'>And</span> <span m='127860'>also</span> <span m='128130'>for</span> <span m='128250'>graduate</span> <span m='128750'>school</span> <span m='128940'>recommendations,</span> <span m='129680'>it's</span> <span m='129780'>super</span> <span m='130039'>important.</span> </p><p><span m='131940'>My</span> <span m='132060'>job</span> <span m='132290'>is</span> <span m='132410'>really</span> <span m='132660'>never</span> <span m='132930'>done.</span> <span m='134150'>So</span> <span m='134310'>I</span> <span m='137250'>guess</span> <span m='137450'>I</span> <span m='137810'>try</span> <span m='138040'>to</span> <span m='138140'>balance</span> <span m='138570'>home</span> <span m='138760'>and</span> <span m='138940'>work</span> <span m='140610'>by</span> <span m='140850'>just</span> <span m='141660'>working</span> <span m='142660'>the</span> <span m='142790'>number</span> <span m='143120'>of</span> <span m='143200'>hours</span> <span m='143550'>that</span> <span m='143670'>I</span> <span m='143730'>need</span> <span m='144160'>to</span> <span m='144400'>to</span> <span m='144490'>get--</span> <span m='145940'>I</span> <span m='146280'>make</span> <span m='146450'>myself</span> <span m='146770'>a</span> <span m='146830'>list.</span> <span m='147270'>And I</span> <span m='147350'>try</span> <span m='147550'>to</span> <span m='147660'>complete</span> <span m='147980'>those</span> <span m='148190'>tasks</span> <span m='148750'>on</span> <span m='148880'>a</span> <span m='149000'>regular</span> <span m='149340'>basis,</span> <span m='149790'>so I</span> <span m='149860'>don't</span> <span m='149990'>necessarily</span> <span m='150500'>look</span> <span m='150640'>at</span> <span m='150700'>the</span> <span m='150840'>clock</span> <span m='151240'>or end</span> <span m='151450'>my</span> <span m='151580'>day</span> <span m='151780'>at</span> <span m='151890'>a</span> <span m='151960'>certain</span> <span m='152260'>time.</span> <span m='153240'>But</span> <span m='153330'>I</span> <span m='153400'>try</span> <span m='153600'>to</span> <span m='153680'>make</span> <span m='153860'>sure</span> <span m='154130'>I</span> <span m='154230'>get home</span> <span m='154330'>in</span> <span m='154650'>time</span> <span m='154950'>to</span> <span m='155040'>have</span> <span m='155180'>time</span> <span m='155410'>with</span> <span m='155550'>my</span> <span m='155680'>family.</span> <span m='156540'>Because I</span> <span m='156620'>do</span> <span m='156810'>have</span> <span m='157260'>teenagers</span> <span m='157525'>still</span> <span m='157790'>at</span> <span m='158195'>home.</span> </p><p><span m='159830'>But</span> <span m='161500'>I</span> <span m='161590'>guess</span> <span m='161830'>I</span> <span m='161900'>could</span> <span m='162130'>always</span> <span m='162480'>work</span> <span m='162740'>until</span> <span m='162870'>late</span> <span m='163190'>in</span> <span m='163290'>the</span> <span m='163480'>evening.</span> <span m='163890'>And</span> <span m='164000'>a</span> <span m='164080'>lot</span> <span m='164260'>of</span> <span m='164310'>people</span> <span m='164580'>do</span> <span m='164770'>do</span> <span m='164930'>that.</span> <span m='165270'>And I</span> <span m='165350'>do</span> <span m='165540'>it</span> <span m='165610'>occasionally.</span> <span m='166790'>But</span> <span m='166910'>I</span> <span m='167000'>try</span> <span m='167270'>to</span> <span m='167670'>remember</span> <span m='168250'>that</span> <span m='168440'>I</span> <span m='168890'>have</span> <span m='169030'>a</span> <span m='169090'>family</span> <span m='169355'>and</span> <span m='169620'>a</span> <span m='169720'>life</span> <span m='170020'>outside</span> <span m='170770'>of</span> <span m='170970'>my</span> <span m='171130'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='171900'>So</span> <span m='172260'>when</span> <span m='172400'>you</span> <span m='172540'>love</span> <span m='172750'>your</span> <span m='172870'>job,</span> <span m='173110'>it's</span> <span m='173220'>really</span> <span m='173580'>easy</span> <span m='173790'>to</span> <span m='173890'>work</span> <span m='174130'>a</span> <span m='174180'>lot.</span> <span m='175060'>And</span> <span m='175230'>when</span> <span m='175370'>you</span> <span m='175470'>have</span> <span m='175660'>a</span> <span m='175710'>lot to</span> <span m='176060'>complete,</span> <span m='176620'>it's</span> <span m='176680'>really</span> <span m='176960'>easy,</span> <span m='177190'>when</span> <span m='177310'>you</span> <span m='177380'>don't</span> <span m='177650'>feel</span> <span m='177780'>like</span> <span m='177960'>you're ever</span> <span m='178220'>completely</span> <span m='178580'>finished.</span> <span m='178970'>So</span> <span m='179630'>you just</span> <span m='179840'>have</span> <span m='180000'>to</span> <span m='181150'>somehow</span> <span m='181450'>manage</span> <span m='181910'>that</span> <span m='182150'>yourself</span> <span m='182730'>as</span> <span m='183230'>an</span> <span m='183510'>individual.</span> </p>","file":{"id":609930,"video_id":"","name":"3055-Tina - Chemist IN-DEPTH.mp4","duration":184204,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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