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Chemistry Department

Check out this ACC Chemistry Department web page for info like course requirements and degree plans, as well as chemistry reference information.

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CHEM Open Educational Resources

This is a sample of several OER Chemistry textbooks and course materials available. Additional OER in your subject may be found by searching the resources listed on the ACC Libraries primary Open Educational Resources Guide.

Where to Start

Chemistry Information Sources

Use the tabs above to find chemistry reference sources, books, articles from journals and magazines, and web sites.

The ACC Chemistry Lab Tutorial teaches methods for conducting chemistry research using ACC library resources.

When researching chemistry, I recommend starting out with reference sources--encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, and so on.  Reference librarians can find these for you.  The "Reference Resources" tab above also has some reference sources that might apply to your particular interest within chemistry.

Then search library catalogs for books--the "Finding Books" tab takes you to the Austin Community College online catalog.

Check out the "Finding Articles" and "Web Sites" tabs for even more information sources. Related subject guides include:


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Careers in Chemistry

Summary of Career Info for Chemists and Materials Scientists from the Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Quick Facts: Chemists and Materials Scientists
2021 Median Pay $79,760 per year
$38.34 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2021 90,600
Job Outlook, 2021-31 6% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2021-31 5,700


What Chemists and Materials Scientists Do

Chemists and materials scientists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and the ways in which the substances interact with one another. They use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods.

Work Environment

Chemists and materials scientists work in laboratories and offices. They typically work full time and keep regular hours.

How to Become a Chemist or Materials Scientist

Chemists and materials scientists need at least a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related field. However, a master’s degree or Ph.D. is needed for many research jobs.


The median annual wage for chemists was $76,890 in May 2018.

The median annual wage for materials scientists was $99,800 in May 2018.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of chemists and materials scientists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Chemists and materials scientists with an advanced degree, particularly those with a Ph.D., are expected to have better opportunities.

State & Area Data

Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for chemists and materials scientists.

Similar Occupations

Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of chemists and materials scientists with similar occupations.

More Information, Including Links to O*NET

Learn more about chemists and materials scientists by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

Reference Librarian / Professor

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Austin, TX 78752
jluckste (at) austincc (dot) edu
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Chemical and Engineering News

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Chemistry Apps

Apps (little software applications) allow you to customize your tablet to do the things you like to do. Some of the apps listed are free, while others are fee-based. Additionally, some apps are initially free, and then require in-app purchases if more features and functionality are desired. Listed, you will find some app recommendations we have come up with through trial, error, and our own experiences.

ACC Library Services does not endorse any fee-based apps nor it is liable for reimbursement of any apps paid for by patrons.

Atom Builder App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Atom Builder-A game designed to teach students the skills they need to count protons, neutrons, and electrons in an atom. (iOS)

Chemical Safety Data Sheets App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Chemical Safety Data Sheets-Displays International Chemical Safety Cards [ICSC] produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Office (ILO), and the World Health Organization (WHO). (iOS)

EMD PTE App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
EMD PTE-Find information about an element, calculate molar masses of compounds, facilitate your overview with infographics, compare atomic radii, masses, electronegativities, and more. (iOS)

Gas Laws App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Gas Laws HD-Study the various relationships that exist between pressure, volume, temperature and number of particles of a gas. (iOS)

LabTimer App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
LabTimer-Designed to emulate that of standard lab timers, providing quick access to count-down timers and repeat runs. Can also be used for cooking, medication timing, working out, and child timeouts. (iOS)


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