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

Typical Career Paths
Agricultural Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Chemical Engineering
Inorganic Chemistry
Materials Science
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry


Some Related Career Titles�

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Entry Level Jobs 

Analytical Chemist

Lab Technician

Application Chemist

Chief Chemist




2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Laboratory Supervisor 

Chemistry Lab Manage







General Career Directions

Analytical Chemist
Application Chemist
Chemical Laboratory Chief
Chemical Laboratory Technician
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
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
Synthetic Industry
Textile Companies
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


Attending to data

Analytical skills


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 



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



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)

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the career field
  • Join a professional association in this field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Presidential Envoy, Student Government, Fraternity, Sorority, Student club)
  • Gain experience by doing an internship in you junior and/or senior year
  • Gain as much laboratory and research experience as possible
  • Develop research skills by working with a faculty member/professor on their research