what can I do with a degree in analytical chemistry other than working in the lab?
And what is the future of being an organic chemist?
Can I be a researcher in both of them?
Or it's better to take organic chemistry if I want to be a researcher?
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The answers to this question are going to be as varied as the people answering them. Let me give you the advice I give my undergraduate advisees.
The future is what you make of it. Don't let random people on the internet tell you which field to specialize in or which research to do. The decision need to be personal, because you need to care about what you are doing so that you are motivated to excel.
Instead of worrying about which type of chemistry to study, find the problems you want to solve.
Research in chemistry is pretty interdisciplinary nowadays, both across the old subfields of
physical, etc. and between chemistry and the other sciences. Rather than become obsessed about organic vs. analytical or whatever, read about current research in chemistry. Think about the types of research problems you want to solve. Usually that will help you figure out which pathway to follow (i.e. which courses you need to take, which specializations to pick up, which lab to join, etc.). Research, both in academia and elsewhere is going to be more problem- than field-focused.
As an undergraduate, I was torn between organic and physical chemistry. I chose organic chemistry as a focus in graduate school, joined a research group focusing on polymer synthesis, and did a lot of analytical work as part of my research. We collaborated with a theoretical group to understand how monomer sequence would affect optoelectronic properties of conjugated oligomers and polymers, so I also had to learn a lot about the physical models of my conjugated systems. Another part of my group was working on polyesters with controllable biodegredation pathways for applications in medicine. The team on that project included grad students focusing on organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry collaborating with engineering students in another group.