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Careers for Chemistry Majors

Chemistry is a major branch of the physical sciences and involves the study of substances and energy.

It focuses on their composition, characteristics, changes, reactions, uses, and their benefits and dangers to humankind. Chemists investigate properties of matter and the laws that come into play when elements combine.

Common career fields for chemistry majors

Agriculture, engineering, medical laboratories, lumber, textile manufacturing, cosmetics, food/beverage, and government.

Common job titles held by chemistry majors

  • agronomist
  • analyst/tester
  • anesthesiologist
  • astronomer
  • biochemist
  • biomedical engineer
  • ceramic engineer
  • chemical engineer
  • chemist
  • consumer protection specialist
  • criminologist
  • dentist
  • dietitian
  • doctor
  • editor
  • educator
  • environmentalist
  • food and drug analyst
  • food technologist
  • geneticist
  • geologist
  • geophysicist
  • hospital administrator
  • hydrologist
  • industrial health engineer
  • information scientist
  • inorganic chemist
  • internal medicine
  • internist
  • laboratory analyst
  • mathematician
  • medical librarian
  • metallurgist
  • nuclear scientist
  • nutritionist
  • oceanographer
  • optometrist
  • osteopath
  • patent attorney
  • patent examiner
  • perfumer
  • pesticide developer
  • petroleum engineer
  • pharmacist
  • pharmacologist
  • physicist
  • police chemist
  • pollution control
  • public health educator
  • sanitarian
  • soil scientist
  • technical sales
  • technical writer
  • toxicologist
  • veterinarian
  • water quality analyst
  • wood scientist

Professional skills of chemistry majors

  • strong mathematical background
  • ability to conduct/explain scientific research
  • aptitude for accurate details
  • intellectual capacity to do well in
  • undergraduate/ graduate college curriculums
  • proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and memorizing
  • ability to make critical observations and decisions
  • ability to organize, analyze and interpret data
  • good vision/manual dexterity