In general, chemistry is the science which aims to study the structure and transformations of matter, whether inert or living. Its scope is vast, bridging the gap between physics and biology. An important part of chemistry is the preparation of new substances, organic or inorganic (synthesis). However, at the heart of the modern science lies a detailed understanding of the properties of matter. Chemical analysis is also crucial, in direct connection with the environmental science and medicine.
As a chemist, you will find jobs at all stages of your training. At bachelor level, you'll use your knowledge in technical sales (e.g. in marketing of high-tech devices) in the field of patents (e.g. in a consulting office) or as starting point for a master’s in another discipline. At master level, you can apply your expertise in all fields of chemistry in industry, production analysis, and sometimes in research. Obtaining a master’s degree is a crucial passage for the PhD which opens the door to industrial or academic research. Teaching gymnasium also requires obtaining a master’s.