Career Options for Chemistry Majors

There are many career options available to chemists. The ACS has a site with Career Tools.

The Alfred P. Sloan foundation has funded 11 scientific societies to produce career materials. You can get more information at their website: Sloan Career Website

Planning for graduate work in chemistry? Many of our graduates choose further study at major research institutions such as Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana, U of California, Purdue, and Rice while others start graduate study more modestly at places such as Illinois State. The ACS has a new resource for students considering graduate work. The ACS Directory of Graduate Research is available online, too.

The Internet is an interesting place to look for positions. Here are some sites that link you to possibilities:

Career Opportunities:

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Attorney
  • Biochemist
  • Chemical and Drug Sales Representative
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Processing Plant Supervisor
  • Chemical Safety Officer
  • Chemist
  • Consultant
  • Dentist
  • Elementary/Middle School Teacher
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Food and Sanitation Inspector
  • Food Processing Specialist
  • Forensic Specialist
  • High School Teacher
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Industrial Health Engineer
  • Industrial Manager
  • Instrument Specialist
  • Laboratory Director
  • Literature Researcher/Reviewer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Medical Technologist
  • Occupational Safety Officer
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Polymer Chemist
  • Product Manager
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Radiochemist
  • Radiation Safety Officer
  • Research and Development Scientist
  • Science Librarian
  • Stockbroker
  • Technical Writer or Journalist
  • University Professor
  • Veterinarian
  • Of course some chemistry majors go far afield from even science in making career choices