I know there are talks about trade skills being separated eventually, but until that happens, I'd like to hear from other Alchemist, what you do besides killing, and any tips, tricks or hints. Myself, I've been focusing strictly on the alchemy skill, with the goal of reaching metallurgy and then Transmutation after I embrace. Actually, I found that I could not reach metallurgy until after I embrace, due to the skill cap. Since I am not using anything from Physiology, my only attacks are Educe Iron. Displace and Educe Copper seem the only good skills for helping out in a group. Straight Alchemy seems weak for any type of combat, so I avoid PvP. Astronomy could be helpful for my city, if there are enough people who have reached that level. Instead of hunting, I've been spending a lot of time extracting, since I'll need that stuff later on.
So, any tips on extraction, group participation, and single combat (denizens who get in the way of my extraction)?