What Can You Do With A Major In Chemistry?

 

Chemistry deals with research and knowledge about chemicals, either artificial or toxic substances, or ones composed in physical things.  They have developed new synthetic fibers, paints, adhesives, drugs, cosmetics, electronic components, lubricants, and many other products.  Advances in medicine, agriculture, food processing, and other areas have been influenced by the research on the chemistry of living things.  Many chemists work in research, in either basic or applied, development, or in investigation of laws that govern the combination of elements.  Basic research investigates the properties, composition, and structure of matter, and applied research creates new products or improves old ones.

 

General Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Pre-Medical Professions

Minor in Chemistry

 

Some Related Career Titles�

(To Research these titles and more go to: Occupational Outlook Handbook and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library).

 

Entry Level Jobs 

Analytical Chemist

Lab Technician

Application Chemist

Chief Chemist

Biochemist

Toxicologist

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Laboratory Supervisor

Chemistry Lab Manager

 

General Career Directions

Analytical Chemist
Application Chemist
Assayer
Biochemist
Chemical Laboratory Chief
Chemical Laboratory Technician
Chemist/Engineer
Chemistry Professor/Teacher
Chief Chemist
Food Chemist
Inorganic Chemist
Instrumentation Chemist
Lab Technician
Lab Tester Perfumer
Organic Chemist
Pharmaceutical Chemist
Physical Chemist
Proteins Chemist
Research Associate
Steroid Chemist
Toxicologist
Wastewater Treatment Plant chemist
Water Purification Chemist


Typical Employers/Work Settings

 
Agricultural Products Company
Beverage Manufacturers
Cosmetic Companies
Drug Stores
Electronic Companies
Electronics Industry
Environmental Engineering Firm
Federal Drug Administration
Food Manufacturers
Government Agencies
National Institute of Health
Natural Resources Organizations

Oil and Gas Companies
Packaging Companies
Pharmaceutical Companies
Plastic Manufacturers
Research Laboratories
State/Federal
Synthetic Industry
Textile Companies
Universities
Waste Treatment Facilities
Water Processing Plant

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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Summer 2011Salary Survey, beginning salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, on an average, start at about $41,973 a year.

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Skills Needed For This Career 

Developing theories

Science and math ability

Conduct research

Perseverance

Attending to data

Analytical skills

Curiosity

Follow through skills

Utilizing formulas

Perform experiments

Process data

Observation and decision making

Work independently and in groups

Technological skills

Oral and written communication

Remain objective

 

 

Chemistry education majors should also develop skills involving planning and the ability to adapt teaching methods and modalities to the various learning styles of students

 

 

 

  

Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Association for Clinical Chemistry 
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Council for Chemical Research
American Nuclear Society

 

 

Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 
http://www.chemistryjobs.com/
http://www.chemjobs.net/
http://www.environmentalcareer.com/
http://www.medzilla.com./
http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/index.html
http://www.newscientistjobs.com/jobs/default.aspx 
http://www.organic-chemistry.org/jobs/
http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/
http://www.sciencejobs.org/

 

 

Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master Science in Chemistry and other related programs
Florida Atlantic University
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of West Florida

Other resources for graduate program research
http://www.gradschools.com/ 
http://www.petersons.com/ 
http://www.princetonreview.com/  

 

 

Link To UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in  Chemistry.  

 

  

Holland Codes 

Materials Chemistry: Investigative; Realistic; Enterprising (IRE)


 

 


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