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Hello, my name is Mark MacBayne. I'm the practice administrator for hematology/oncology and

adult bone marrow transplant at UC San Francisco Medical Center. I'm here to talk today about

how to become a chemist. One should keep in mind that to be a chemist and work at either

an academic center or an industry, you typically will need to complete a Ph.D in Chemistry.

This begins by completing an undergraduate program in Chemistry at a four-year college

or university. There are a number of sub-disciplines within Chemistry such as physical chemistry,

organic chemistry, and biochemstry. However, one interested in pursuing a career as a chemist

would want to major in one of these areas. Upon completion of your Bachelor's degree,

you will need to take the GRE exam. That's the graduate entrance exam, and is required

for most graduate programs in the United States. A Ph.D program is an addition four-year course

of study that specializes in your area of focus with an emphasis on research and academic

work. Typically, those who are in a Ph.D course of study will also be required to spend some

time teaching, typically at an undergraduate level. Upon completion of your Ph.D, you will

most likely need to complete what's known as a post-doctoral fellowship, or a "post-doc."

This is additional formal training done after your Ph.D had been conferred. Upon completing

your post-doc, then you are ready to are ready to practice as a chemist. There are two ways

that you can go about doing this. One can pursue a career in industry, working for a

company that has need of chemists, such as a manufacturing company, an oil industry,

plastics manufacturer, any number of industries that use chemists, or you can choose an academic

career. To pursue an academic career, you will apply for an appointment as an assistant

professor at a college or university. Typically, that is the place to start. An academic career

will focus on research, whereas a career in industry will focus on applied sciences. Either

way, upon completion of your Ph.D and post-doc, you are ready to work as a chemist. Again,

this is Mark MacBayne, hematology/oncology practice administrator, University of California

San Francisco medical center.

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