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Career Information

The professions listed below are only a few of the many viable career paths for chemistry majors. Included are several related career ideas as well, to help you start expanding your options. The first step you need to take to find the right job is to decide which career fields appeal to you, based upon your skills, interests, academic background, and summer positions/internships. Graduates with a degree in chemistry have a wide array of career options. Those in the chemistry field recommend that future chemists think broadly and creatively as they seek to apply their knowledge and skills.


  • Research / Development chemist
  • Technical Services
  • Toxicology
  • Production chemist
  • Health care
  • Pharmacy
  • Marketing / Sales
  • Medical & forensic science


  • High School Teacher
  • College Professor
  • Lab Technician
  • Lecturer
  • Instrumentation Specialist


  • Careers in Government Laboratories
  • Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Energy
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Regulatory Careers in the EPA, FBI, FDA
  • National Bureau of Standards

Other Careers

  • Chemist Librarian / Informational Specialist
  • Financial Analyst Chemist
  • Chemical Safety Engineer
  • Chemist in an Art Museum
  • Patent Attorney
  • Science Writing
  • Clinical / Medical Chemist
  • Independent Consultant
  • Lawyer