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Career Paths


The Chemistry Department has a long history of success in placing undergraduate students into excellent medical, dental, pharmacy and graduate school programs. Our graduates (BS/BA) have gone on to careers in industry, academia, government service, health sciences and private business. A chemistry degree provides a solid background for careers that can grow and adapt as the individual or marketplace changes.

A degree in chemistry or biochemistry (BS/BA) offers many career options because chemistry is a central science.

  • Research:  Discover new concepts and laws about matter and the universe or apply chemistry to a range of industrial (e.g. catalysts, process optimization, quality control) and societal needs (e.g. ethics, environmental law, medicine/pharmaceutics).
  • Leadership:  Manage production facilities, businesses, research groups or entire laboratories; or work in areas such as law, sales, marketing, consulting, purchasing, health and safety and environmental science.
  • Teaching:  Teach in high schools, two- and four-year colleges and universities, and in corporate training centers to sustain and advance the quality of the work force.

Web pages/resources for careers in chemistry and biochemistry

One of the most powerful web pages is offered by the American Chemical Society, which presents students and teachers with a view of various career areas within the chemical sciences. It reports two- or four-page interviews with chemists working in different areas and includes information on educational requirements, employment outlook, salaries and the skills needed to pursue a career goal in each area.

An alternative is the Chemical & Engineering News web page with an average of more than 350 open chemistry positions posted every month.