# Why are there so many organic chemists?

So to what else can it form bonds? Carbon can also bind to itself; that is it can readily form $C - C$ bonds (and $C = C$, and $C \equiv C$ bonds); that is carbon can catenate to form long chains. With long carbon chains and the ability to bind to common heteroatoms, the chemistry of carbon should become very rich, and indeed it is very rich; so much so that carbon chemistry supports swathes of natural products chemists (chemists who seek to investigate biological chemistry), of synthetic and mechanistic chemists, and also organometallic chemists, who deal with the chemistry of carbon directly bound to a transition metal.