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/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

Career Development Center - 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.org - Science recruitment 
www.newscientistjobs.com/jobs - Database of hundreds of science jobs
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
www.diaglobal.org/resources/career-center  - Drug Information Association career center
www.researchgate.net – Professional network for scientists/researchers and job search
www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu - National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates
science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/ -  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) with the U.S. Department of Energy

Additional Resources Available at the CDC