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


Career Development Center - 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 - National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates -  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) with the U.S. Department of Energy

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