Career Development


When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Chemistry and  find out about program requirements, courses, and faculty.

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Chemistry major at Purchase College. 

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Observing, collecting, and analyzing data
  • Developing theories
  • Concentration
  • Conduct and explain scientific research
  • Accuracy and detail
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Operation of scientific equipment
  • Knowledge of basic scientific theories and practices
  • Reading, writing, speaking and memorizing
  • Technology skills
  • Numerical computation


  • Analytic Chemist
  • Application Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician
  • Chemist
  • Colorist
  • Food Chemist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Lab Technician
  • Lawyer
  • Nurse
  • Perfumer
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.
  • Physician
  • Project Engineer
  • Research Associate
  • Chemical Sales Rep.
  • Scientific Photographer
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Toxicologist


  • Research Institutions
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Chemical Research and Development Firm
  • Government Agencies
  • Scientific Publishers
  • Educational Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Foundations
  • Legal Institutions
  • Laboratories
  • Food and Beverage Companies
  • Biotech Firms
  • Oil and Gas Companies
  • Industrial Companies

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS - American Chemical Society - American Association for Clinical Chemistry - Getting a job in chemistry - Amer Academy of Forensic Science -  Amer Assoc for the Adv of Science - Pathways to Science - Guide to science careers  - The New York Academy of Sciences - Committed to advancing the careers of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. - Career planning resources for science, technology, mathematics, computing and healthcare - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Chemistry jobs - Chemistry jobs - Science jobs listed by area - Science careers from the Journal of Science - Life and physical science jobs - Jobs in Biotech, Healthcare, Science, and Pharmaceuticals - Pharmaceutical Online job search  - Drug Information Association career center – Professional network for scientists/researchers and job search

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Updated  9/15

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