What you can do with this major

The Chemistry major opens doors to many different careers. Many students go onto graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, medicine, or law. With a bachelor's degree, your imagination is the only limit with Chemistry. It's very flexible! Any company that manufactures a product will need chemistry majors! Use the following as an idea list, and remember that they represent some, but not certainly all, of the careers you might consider in Chemistry.

The following list represents a few of the kinds of career titles for Chemistry majors:

  • Agricultural Scientist Assayer
  • Biochemist
  • Brewer Lab Assistant
  • Cepalometric Analyst
  • Chemical Oceanographer
  • Chemistry Technologist
  • College Professor
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Fire Protection Engineer
  • Food Scientist Technician
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • High School Teacher
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Occupational Safety Specialist
  • Perfumer
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Physician
  • Plastics Engineer
  • Product Tester
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Science Lab Technician
  • Soil Scientist
  • System Analyst
  • Toxicologist
  • Underwater Technician
  • Veterinarian
  • Wastewater Treatment Chemist
  • Water Purification Chemist

The following list represents a few of the kinds of business and institutions that employ Chemistry majors:

All of the statewide paper manufacturing companies employ chemistry graduates. Others like Procter & Gamble, James River, STS Association (for environmental engineering), Robert E. Lee, ENCHEM (environmental chemicals), Metropolitan Sewage, Pioneer Metal Finishing, and labs that conduct soil and water testing.

Want to know more about the nature of the work, working conditions, earnings, training, and job outlook? Then check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://stats.bls.gov/ooh/