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Department of Chemistry
Careers in Chemistry

Careers in Chemistry

Chemistry, the study of matter and its transformations, is central to all sciences. Because chemistry is so fundamental, it is important to most scientists and professionals including biologists, engineers, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, nutritionists, oceanographers, and science teachers among others.

What can you do with a degree in CHEMISTRY?

The answer is simple-you can further your education in chemistry to do research and teach, go on to a professional school (such as medical school) or work as a chemist.

Chemists are employed by the chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries. In these jobs, they are constantly called upon to develop and patent new chemical compounds leading to products such as fertilizers, cleansers, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, fuels, plastics, synthetic fibers, inks, paints, and personal care products. Hospitals, governmental agencies, police agencies, research laboratories, universities, and high schools also employ chemists. Some chemists work in sales, as toxicologists, as instrument or computer specialists, as science writers, as patent attorneys and as translators.

Medical School as a Career Goal - Chemistry provides an excellent preparation for medical school. Not only is chemistry essential for the study of medicine but the acceptance rate of chemistry majors into medical schools probably exceeds that of majors in any other discipline. Chemistry is a demanding program regarded highly by professional schools. Besides, should you change your mind, a chemistry degree will lead to a rewarding, employable profession.

For more information about the kinds of careers open to chemists, check out the Chemical Careers in Brief page of the American Chemical Society.

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