Image result for career in chemistryStudents are assigned to write a descriptive writing paper detailing a career in Chemistry.  The job descriptions of a chemist are very diverse.   Some chemists solve problems that help make industrial processes more efficient.  These industrial chemists perform quality control to ensure that the highest production standards are met.  Other chemists conduct research in which they isolate new chemicals from a dazzling array of sources.  Research chemists may invert processes that earn patents, or they may discover new chemicals that they get to name.  Other chemists measure levels of chemicals in the environment, solve crimes, analyze the nutritional content of food, or invent new flavors.  Most chemists begin their careers by earning an undergraduate degree in chemistry.  Many go on to get advanced degrees in fields such as analytical chemistry, forensic chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, or nuclear chemistry. 
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Some common chemical careers are in the following categories:  Materials Scientists,    Analytical Chemist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Archaeologist, Pharmacist, Ecologist, Firefighter, Quality control chemist, Climatologist, Solar Engineer, Commercial Driver, Laser Technician, Solid State Chemist, Wastewater Engineer, Oncologist, Oceanographer, Nephrology Nurse, FDA Inspector, Stone Conservator, Microbiologist, Mechanical Engineer, Electrochemist, Gemologist, Organic Chemist, Flavor Developer, Biochemist, and Nuclear Physician. 


Chemistry student is close to graduating high school and entering the work force.  Student should research two careers and compare them as far as strengths and weaknesses associated with their own desires or interests.  Student may choose more than two careers to compare in order to help him or her find the best pathway for success in the future.  Moreover, the student should explain to the reader why a career in the field chosen works best for them and should merit further financial support. 


Image result for career in chemistryIt is important for the student to understand that education past high school is not free and unless the student has worked hard enough to earn a full scholarship including room and board, they will require financial assistance.  The ability to convince yourself and those whom are supporting you to reach your goal of a specific career will become more important as the stress of financial obligations become more apparent. 


Text Box: Figure 2 Wastewater EngineerDescriptive writing is used to create a vivid picture of an idea, place or person. It is much like painting with words. It focuses on one subject and uses specific detail to describe that upon which the writer is focused. For example, if the writer is asked to write about his favorite ride at an amusement park, his writing will not only tell the name of the ride and what it looks like, but also describe the sensation of being on it and what that experience reminds the writer about the past.

Thinking About the Writing Prompt
Taking time to think about the prompt and to plan your writing will improve the quality of your final essay. Planning can help you compose a more organized, polished response. Use this guide to plan your composition.
1. Read the prompt carefully and restate it in your own words. Think specifically about what the prompt is asking you to do (for example, make an argument, tell a story, or explain a process).________________________________________________________________________________________________

2. After you have thought about the prompt and it is clear what you’re being asked to do, write one or two sentences describing your initial reaction to the prompt. This may be the basis for your thesis statement, or the main idea of your essay. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Read the reminder list (questions to ask about the prompt) that follows the prompt. (If you are still unclear about the prompt, the list may help you better understand it.) Think about those items that you have particular trouble with and write them down. Explain how to avoid those mistakes in your writing. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4. Brainstorm ideas, details, or information to support your response to the prompt. You may use a brainstorming technique such as freewriting, making a list, or creating a web.  Record anything that comes to mind.  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5. Review the things you wrote as you brainstormed. What ideas support your thesis statement?
What details add information to those supporting ideas? Underline or highlight the ideas and details you plan to use in your composition. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
6. There are many ways to organize your ideas. You may wish to use a visual representation such as a web, an outline, or a chart. The graphic organizers that follow are some examples of ways to structure your ideas. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Concluding Paragraph/Restatement of Thesis:

Main Idea  (50 points)
□ The subject matter I chose is appropriate for the prompt and contains work cited references at the bottom of the page.
Supporting Details  (50 points)
□ The details I include are clearly related to the subject matter. Picture of student associated with the topic.  Use the insert caption icon to describe the picture.  Do not place a picture in the article without a description.
□ I include enough details to support my main idea. Picture of topic.  Use pixlr.com to alter the picture 30%.

Organization (50 points)
□ My composition has a strong beginning, a well-developed middle, and an effective ending.
□ My essay follows a clear, logical progression.

Coherence  ( 50 points)
□ I establish relationships between ideas in my composition.
□ I use transitional words and phrases, parallel structure, and other techniques to connect sentences and paragraphs.
□ I use effective sentence structure and word choice. Write in complete sentences.
• Write coherent and well-developed paragraphs.
• Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. Punctuation includes questions, exclamation marks, and commas to deliver an exciting writing piece.