Careers in Chemistry

Careers in Chemistry

What kind of careers will be available to you when you graduate with a bachelor's degree in chemistry? The answers depend on your interest and where you hope to work. If you wish to work in the region near your college or university, the career services office at your institution should be an excellent source of information. But think broadly: while a local specialty chemicals plant is a possibility, you should consider others as well.

Below is a partial list of industries that employ chemists in many different roles:

Chemical Manufacturing

  • Agricultural chemicals and pesticides
  • Paper/moldings/extrudates
  • Biotechnology
  • Petroleum and petrochemicals
  • Electronic
  • Metals/Ceramics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Fibers/Textiles/Films
  • Polymers
  • Materials
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • Aerospace
  • Computers
  • Appliances
  • Communications
  • Automotive
  • Sporting

Chemical Testing Analysis

  • Archaeology/Anthropology
  • Environmental testing
  • Art conservation
  • Forensics
  • Clinical/Diagnostic testing
  • Waste analysis and treatment

Food, Personal, and Consumer Products

  • Cosmetics and fragrances
  • Paints, pigments, dyes, inks
  • Food Manufacture
  • soaps and Detergents
  • Packaging

Chemical Expertise

  • Education
  • Publication
  • Law
  • Public Service
  • National Defense

Chemists in these industries perform many different tasks. Many work in research and development in laboratories, pilot plants, etc.

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