According to Lake Michigan College chemistry instructor Dr. Bal Barot, it is "not enough to just know the chemical compositions and structures, you must understand the chemical process."
In chemistry you must have the ability to:
- Understand chemical interactions
- Recognize chemical warning signs
- Understand the production process
- Know how to properly dispose of unused chemicals
In science, you must be able to use scientific reasoning. Whether it's applying a general rule to a specific problem, or combining pieces of information to produce a rule, being able to think critically is crucial in discovering a scientific answer.
Effective verbal and written communication skills are also important. Knowing the answer is not enough. Being able to talk about the issue appropriately to your audience and composing a report will be necessary to communicate ideas and information.
Additional skills include:
- Flexibility to work as part of a team and independently
- Record keeping
- A strong sense of organization