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Chemical Technicians

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You can explore this field by joining high school science clubs or organizations such as the Technology Student Association ( and taking part in extracurricular activities. Science contests are a good way to apply principles learned in classes to a special project. You can read the American Chemical Society's (ACS) ChemMatters (, a magazine for students taking chemistry in high school. Examples of topics covered in the magazine include the chemistry of lipstick, suntan products, contact lenses, and carbon-14 dating. The ACS also has a division for chemical technicians; visit for more information. Also, qualifying students can participate in Project SEED (, a summer program designed to provide high school students from economically disadvantaged homes with the opportunity to experience science research in a laboratory environment.

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