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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

Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees

Agricultural Scientist   Cytotechnologist
Occupational Safety Specialist   Assayer
Environmental Health Specialist   Perfumer
BIochemist   First Protection Engineer
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative   Brewer Lab Assistant
Food Scientist Technician   Cepalometric Analyst
Forensic Chemist   Chemical Oceanographer
Genetic Counselor   Plastics Engineer
Chemistry Technologist   High School Teacher
Product Tester   Clarifying Plant Operator
Quality Assurance Manager   College Professor
Hydrologist   Color Development Chemist
Industrial Hygienist   Science Lab Technician
Crime Lab Analyst   Molecular Biologist
Soil Scientist   Tissue Technologist
Toxicologist   Wastewater Treatment Chemist
Water Purification Chemist   Yeast Culture Developer
Entomologist   EPA Inspector
FDA Inspector   Hydrogeologist
Metallurgist   Product Development
Analytical Chemist   Toxicologist
Application Chemist   Chemical Laboratory Chief
Chemical Laboratory Technician   Food Chemist
Pharmaceutical Chemist   Physical Chemist
Research Associate   Steroid 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   

Match This Major To Careers

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Beginning Salary Range Typical Salaries

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.

Salary Resources

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 

Job Search Information

Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

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

Holland Interest 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