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Chemistry is one of the most interesting fields in science because it feels like magic when  you do it, especially when you make an ice cream with liquid Nitrogen. You will just fall in love with it!

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The study of matter composition, structure, properties and bondage the elements of the periodic table share. You study the state of matter and the interaction of organic and non-organic compounds. It is an essential part of our biology and it is the main source of making medicine.

If you are a chemistry wizard, you can do wonders. Maybe you will be able to invent a solution to environmental problem, make food production cheaper and more affordable, work with new technologies to make drinkable water for millions of people at minimal cost, or maybe you can somehow invent something that helps millions of Malaysians with the smog problems in Malaysia.

Pathway

After you complete your degree, you have the opportunity to go into a wide range  of specialties in you masters and PhD. You will be able to do pure research in fundamental chemistry or applied chemistry.Here are some of areas of research that are becoming more popular and in an increasing demand:

  • Exotic Material Science
  • Structural Biology and Proteomics (Life in 3D)
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemical Geology
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Development
  • Environmental Studies and Alternative Energy Solutions
  • Astrochemistry (Space Chemistry)
  • Nutrigenomics (Food and genetics)
  • Synthetic Chemistry Research
  • Memetic and DNA
  • Organics and Biomedical Solutions
  • Pollution and climate Change
  • Many more areas of research – Just let your imagination go wild

Don’t forget the contemporary areas of research like oil and gas and palm oil.

IMPORTANT: Postgraduate degrees in specialized fields are highly demanded.

Subject Focus

Your study is related to the following subjects:

  • Mathematics, probability and statistics
  • Geosciences
  • Astronomy
  • Environmental management and solutions
  • Natural hazards like the yearly Smog problem
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Clinical and pharmaceutical developments
  • Veterinary and animal health
  • Biomedical and medical products
  • Food quality and assurance
  • Nutrition and food science
  • Drugs discovery, development, performance and effects
  • Water quality and health impact
  • Conservation of natural resources

Entry Requirements:

Good results in one of the following:

  • STPM
  • Matriculation
  • Foundation in Science
  • A Level
  • STAM
  • Diploma in Science (Chemistry)
  • 12 year high school results (International Students)
  • Or equivalent

If you have SPM qualifications, you need to take a pre university course. Here are your options:

Personality Type

In a way, chemists have a unique personality that is unique to scientists who are fascinated by the complexity of nature, imaginative, visual thinkers, logical analysis and most of all critical in application of reasoning.

Famous Chemists:

  • Alfred Nobel
  • Humphry Davy
  • Louis Pasteur
  • Marie Curie
  • Michael Faraday
  • Rosalind Franklin
  • Stephanie Louise Kwolek
  • Yuan Tseh Lee

Take a personality test and see the way you think:

Career Info

Chemistry degree holders can move on to do many amazing things with their qualifications in a range of different industries. Let’s look at areas for you career as a chemist:

  • Research and development
  • Health care and pharmaceutical
  • Chemical production in construction
  • Chemical production in Electronics and other engineering areas
  • Forensics analysis for criminal investigations
  • Cosmetics, paint, plastic, food and drinks developments
  • Oil and gas, energy and water treatment
  • Nanotechnology or biomedical engineering
  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Many more industries

Experience, skills and unique knowledge will get you very far.

Salary
  • Executive/Junior level/Entry Level: RM2,200 – RM3,500
  • Specialist (Inspection/Quality/Technical/R&D): RM3,500 – RM5,500
  • Chemical Engineer (Degree/Postgraduate in chemistry): RM4,500 – RM6,500
  • Senior Chemist (Postgraduate & experience): RM7,500 – RM10,000
  • Quality Manager (Postgraduate & experience): RM9,000 – RM13,000
  • Specialized Manager (Senior positions): RM13,000 – RM22,000
Job Demand

Based on our research, we found these jobs for chemists

In Malaysia

  • Plating Chemist
  • Chemist
  • Lab technician
  • Technical Specialist
  • Production Chemist
  • Assistant Chemist
  • Material Chemist
  • Treatment Executive
  • Quality Assurance Chemist
  • Product Development Chemist
  • Process Chemist

Companies:

Chemical Company of Malaysia (CCM), Bosch, Petronas, UEM Sunrise Berhad, Sime Darby, Shell Malaysia, Nestle, Sunway Berhad, Sapura Kencana Petroleum, Dutch Lady, Sony Malaysia, Pharmaniaga, Eco World Development Group Berhad, BMW Group (BMW, Mini, Rolls-Royce), Felda.

Abroad:

  • Research Scientist
  • Lab Technician
  • Project Chemist
  • Clinical Chemist
  • Toxicologist
  • Production Chemist
  • Process Chemist
  • Material Technologist
  • Quality Auditor
  • Analytical Chemist

And SO MUCH MORE jobs.. in MANY MORE Industries!!

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