Careers in Chemistry
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Chemistry

Teaching Certification is also available that would lead to a Bachelor of Science in Science Education with a concentration in Chemistry. See College of Education and Allied Professions for more information.

What jobs are available?

Product development, Industrial quality control, Technical sales, Analysis and testing, Consulting, Forensics, Environmental protection and research, Legal, Medical and scientific research, Teaching, University or special library, Patent agent, and Technical writer.

Who employs students with this major?
  • Various industries including food, energy, polymer, paint, drugs, etc.
  • Research laboratories and organizations
  • Federal, state, & local agencies
  • Pharmaceutical, medical, and biotechnology research firms
  • Private environmental groups
  • Private and public secondary schools, colleges and universities
  • Publishing firms, law firms, and biotechnology firms
Good skills or traits for students with this major:
  • Perseverance, curiosity and the ability to concentrate on detail and work independently.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to think creatively and logically.
  • Good manual dexterity and analytical reasoning.
  • Strong computer, mathematics and science skills.
Special training, degrees or experience I may need:
  • Do an internship, co-op or volunteer in the area you would like to specialize in.
  • Take electives in computer science, engineering, business, public speaking, and writing.
  • Persons with undergraduate degrees can work at jobs like lab coordinator, research assistant, product testing or analysis, technical sales or service representative.
  • A master's degree is sufficient for most applied research positions, industrial work, and some community college teaching.
  • A Ph.D. is required for University teaching and advanced positions in management and research development. Postdoctoral experience preferred for research positions.
  • Join professional organizations and read professional journals.
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