Career Development

Chemistry

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.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • 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

CAREER TITLES

  • 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

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • 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

www.chemistry.org - American Chemical Society
www.aacc.org - American Association for Clinical Chemistry
www.acs.org/content/acs/en/careers/college-to-career.html - Getting a job in chemistry
www.aafs.org - Amer Academy of Forensic Science
www.aaas.org -  Amer Assoc for the Adv of Science
www.pathwaystoscience.org/Undergrads.aspx - Pathways to Science
www.sciencecareersnow.com - Guide to science careers
www.nyas.org  - The New York Academy of Sciences
www.nyas.org/sciencealliance - Committed to advancing the careers of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
www.careercornerstone.org/paths/scoluniv.htm - Career planning resources for science, technology, mathematics, computing and healthcare
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.chemjobs.net - Chemistry jobs
www.chemistryjobs.com - Chemistry jobs
www.sciencejobs.com - Science jobs listed by area
sciencecareers.sciencemag.org - Science careers from the Journal of Science
www.naturejobs.com - Life and physical science jobs
www.medzilla.com - Jobs in Biotech, Healthcare, Science, and Pharmaceuticals
jobs.pharmaceuticalonline.com - Pharmaceutical Online job search
www.diaglobal.org/resources/career-center  - Drug Information Association career center
www.researchgate.net – Professional network for scientists/researchers and job search

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  9/15


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