What can I do with my CHEMISTRY degree?

Employers of Chemistry Majors

  • Chemical manufacturing firms such as those that produce plastics and synthetic materials, soaps, cleaners, paints, industrial chemicals, etc.

  • Pharmaceutical companies

  • State and local government agencies primarily in health and agriculture

  • Federal agencies primarily in the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services and Agriculture

  • Research and testing agencies

  • Educational institutions

Related Occupations for Chemistry Majors

Some of these occupations may require additional education at Graduate or Professional schools. For information on qualifications and career specifics consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook or other career resources. Also, take advantage of career counseling offered by the Center for Student Excellence.


Occupational Safety Specialist




Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.

Cepalometric Analyst


Chemical Oceanographer

Plastics Engineer

Chemistry Technologist

Product Tester

Clarifying Plant Operator

Quality Assurance Manager

Color Development Chemist

Risk Manager

Crime Lab Analyst

Science Lab Technician


Soil Scientist

Environmental Health Specialist

System Analyst

Fire Protection Engineer

Teacher, High School or College

Food Scientist Technician

Tissue Technologist

Forensic Chemist


Genetic Counselor

Underwater Technician


Vector Control Assistant

Industrial Hygienist

Wastewater Treatment Chemist

Lab Assistant

Water Purification Chemist

Molecular Biologist

Yeast Culture Developer

Preparing for a Job in Chemistry

  1. Learn federal, state, and local government job application processes.

  2. Develop good laboratory skills.

  3. Gain experience with scientific equipment.

  4. Take electives in area of interest.


Links for Chemistry Majors


More Info from Career Services


Contact Information

Department of Chemistry and Physics
Pursley Hall, Room 210
Tel: 985-549-2159