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"Keep Up To Date On Latest Information In Your Industry To Help Your Career...
There were classes and material that I do not use at all. Training by the company is as important if not more important than the information that I learned in school." (Process Technician; 2013)
"Get Your Foot In The Door...
I was surprised to find how many people had master's degrees but were not making any more money than I was. If you get a degree in Biology or Chemistry, it is probably better to go get a job and advance on your merits than getting a masters degree with the hope of landing a great job later." (Water Quality Analyst; 2013)
"Focus On Fundamentals...
What surprised me the most was how little most of what I learned we actually seem to need to know. I knew this was true for a lot of jobs, but I figured heavily specialized ones are a little different. Sure, you do need to know a lot of general things, but most of what they want you to know, you are learning there, or keeping on hand." (Chemical Technician; 2013)
"Algebra And Rote Learning Are Useful...
I was surprised in the quantity of paperwork the job involves. It alternates between feeling overpaid to work at a desk and underpaid to work with hazardous materials." (Chemistry Associate; 2013)
Chemistry Technician III: "The best part of my job is that I do not have to sit at a desk all day. I do have to prepare reports and generate results, but that is a small part of my day. The biggest part of my day is spent in the lab preparing and testing the samples. The worst part of the job is having to check the results that are generated by other people's instrument. It is so easy to make a mistake when putting the results into the computer. So we have to check and make sure that what is put into the computer is correct. This can become time consuming and tedious, and patience is critical." (2010)
Chemistry Associate: "If you can perform simple algebra you can be a chemist. It isn't very hard but requires a lot of rote learning and memorizing terminology. It is something that is learned easily enough by doing." (2013)
Water Quality Analyst: "To become a water quality analyst, you need to accept any job available in a lab, even if it is not really science related. Then show that you have skills and the ability to work hard. You will move up quickly." (2013)
Chemical Technician: "The best tip is to make sure you actually understand the FUNDAMENTALS of what you are doing, as opposed to just the specifics. Since whatever job you get will require you to learn new things fast. This is helped much by the fundamentals, and little by specifics." (2013)
Process Technician: "They to get real world experience in the area of your potential job. The experience will be as useful or more useful to the information that you learn in class. Take advantage of any training opportunities to improve your skills and value to the company." (2013)
Chemistry Technician III: "Science is such a vast and interesting field!! I always loved science and knew it was the field I wanted to pursue. I love the outdoors and the Earth and wanted to make a difference and protect it. I am in a job that makes a difference! We test for metals that can harm people, fish and animals and I am helping to prevent that. Do what makes you happy and interests you the most, but if you want to pursue a career in a lab a science degree is a must." (2010)