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I'd always had an interest in chemistry, but I definitely had to study in order to learn all that I know now! In college, I followed all of the general requirements of chemistry study, and I also studied advanced level synthetic chemistry as well in order to become a medicinal chemist.

Although it is possible to become a medicinal chemist with a bachelor's or a master's degree, you might want to get a Ph.D. A higher degree will help you plan your research by yourself. Hands-on experience in the lab is also essential.

I enjoy my job, and I'd happily recommend it to you. I have a lot of academic freedom, which means that I'm free to explore my ideas that may lead to important discoveries. It's very exciting to know that you are creating a molecule that is going to cure someone's disease! Even if you are not the person ultimately brings a drug to the market, you are in the relay race for the cure, passing the stick to the next person to reach the finish line. Very few jobs can offer this type of mental satisfaction. I think you might enjoy it as much as I do.

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