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Chemistry Proffession Project

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zane gorham

on 28 March 2011

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Transcript of Chemistry Proffession Project

The Life of an Enviromental Chemist The responsibilities and/or Duties of an enviromental chemist Eviromental Chemists have to be
extroardinary team players because one
of their main duties is working in teams
of scientists. They work on mostly long
term collaborative, challenging
enviromental research projects involving
aquatic sediments in the air, soils, and water. Some of the responsibilities that go with their projects include:

Participating and coordinating enviromental sampling activities.
Developing laboratory procedures and quality control protocols for the analyses of hydrophobic and hydrophilic organic pollutants in sediment samples. Carrying out laboratory work and providing analytical results on the concentrations of the analytes in collected sediment samples.
Preparing and maintaining program documents, safe data storage, and preparing preliminary progress reports I think their main responsibilty as a enviromental chemist however is their
mission. The mission to healthily sustain the impact humans have on the
natural enviroment. They do this by designing systems, processes, equipment
for air, water, soil quality control and also for the remediation of these elements if contaminated. They study the sources, reactions of chemical species and their transportation whether airborn, through the soil, water or through animals. They study the effects, and fates of the chemicals in the air, water and soil enviroments; and the effect human activity has on these. The Background of a Enviromental Chemist A enviromental chemist must have an understanding of the
uncontaminated natural enviroment and know what natural
chemicals already exist within it. What are the concentrations of these chemicals and what are their effects. Without this data it would be impossible to study the impact humans have on the enviroment. The Chemistry background of an enviromental chemist is complicated because of the fact that there isen't just one main path to becoming one. Not only that but the word enviromental chemist is a extremely general term in itself, most enviromental chemist describe themselves more specifically by what they do. Most wanting to join the field would want a history of geochemistry, analytical chemistry, and if possible some experience in enviromental manegement. The educational background of a enviromental chemist since theres no one path the best start would be looking to see if the college or university that your in would have a ACS approved chemistry program with an option in enviromental chemistry. What you really need though is either an bachelor, masters, or Ph.D in chemistry. It is also possible now to even get into the field with a associate's degree because of the ever increasing size of the industry. You should also have course work in biology, geology, hydrology, and toxicology. The average starting salary for a enviromental chemist with a bachelor in chemistry starts at about the mid-$30,000's to lower $ 40,000's.

The average starting salary for a enviromental chemist with a masters in starts at about the $ 40,000's to $50.000's.

The average starting salary for a enviromental chemist with a Ph.D in chemistry starts at $ 70,000. A chemistry background is important for an enviromental chemist because your contantly working with samples trying to discover what kinds of natural and chemical contaminents are present within them. You also try to figure out what chemicals or equipment can counter act the contaminents without hurting the enviroment youself. Government agencies are really the main enployers of enviromental chemists like departments of agriculture and defense and environmental protection agencies. Many are sent to work with companies to make sure that their complying with govermnent regulations. Also waste management companies and consulting firms employ such chemists to do consulting or remediation work. Some universities and colleges will hire enviromental chemists to start or help with programs for eniviromental chemistry and enviromental management. Potential employers Workplace enviroment : most work is often in an indoor lab enviroment. Athough when studying chemicals in the enviroment a riverbed, stream rocky beach can easily become a lab. Some more finacially secure companies have indoor ecosystemes in which they test their products others collect data outdoors miles away from their facilites. http://www.careercornerstone.org/pdf/chemistry/careerbriefs/envirchemists.pdf
Bibliography: Health and safety aspects of the job are basically the same for any scientist when working on a lab, wear the proper gear for the type of experiments. Know where to dipose of things and where things are kept for storage.

They also have to make sure they wear the proper gear when in the field thou because they are outside a lot more than most chemists. Whether it be a lifejacket for going down a river on a boat or a pair of work boots for trugging through the forest.

By: Zane Spencer Gorham
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