Chemistry Careers: What You Can Do With This Degree

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What You Can Do with a Chemistry Degree

Perhaps when one thinks of what they can do with a chemistry degree, they think, "Well, I can go on to graduate school and become a chemist". And yes, they can! But, it is just one of many, many careers options with this degree!


Chemistry degree programs can provide you with the necessary knowledge base and skill set to become successful in virtually any field that's even remotely related to chemistry.


For example, chemistry graduates can be found applying their skills within the areas of environmental consulting, medical science, scientific equipment sales, science communication, teaching or academic research, and many, many other fields.


For example, take a look at our "Job Board for Chemistry Students & Grads" below. It’s a list of job openings relevant to chemistry, and closely related fields. You’ll see just how many jobs you can get with this degree, and you’ll be able to apply for them as your browsing!





Job Board for Chemistry Students & Grads

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This chemistry careers guide contains detailed occupational information on career paths relevant to this degree. Included are job descriptions, expected salaries, educational requirements and other pertinent information related to these careers. We’ve also included chemistry-specific scholarships to help you pay for school!




Do I Need a Graduate Degree?

With an undergraduate chemistry degree, there are careers you may be able to jump right into. These are typically positions with lower levels of responsibility, often referred to as “entry-level” jobs. Jobs with a higher degree of responsibility will often require further education, training and/or experience to qualify for. This typically includes most teaching, research and consulting positions.


Fortunately, if you are interested in a career that requires further education, an undergraduate degree in chemistry serves as a great foundation for advanced study, in this and other graduate and professional programs, such as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine and Law.



Career Guides You Can Pursue with a Chemistry Degree

The knowledge and skills you can gain by studying chemistry at the university level serve as an excellent foundation for the following careers (not an inclusive list):


Agricultural Chemist

Air Pollution Monitor




Chemical Analyst

Chemical Engineer

Chemical Information Specialist

Chemical Oceanographer

Chemical Safety Officer

Chemical Technician


Clinical Chemist

Clinical Data Analyst

Clinical Research Associate

Clinical Research Coordinator

Clinical Technician

Consumer Advocate

Crime Lab Assistant


DNA Analyst

Elementary School Teacher

Energy Engineer

Energy Policy Analyst

Energy Researcher


Environmental Chemist


Food and Drug Inspector

Food Chemist

Food Safety Auditor

Food Scientist

Food Technologist

Forensic Chemist

Forensic Lab Analyst

High School Teacher

Industrial Chemist

Laboratory Manager

Materials Scientist

Medical Laboratory Technologist

Medical Writer

Methods Development Chemist

• Military Officer


New Food Product Developer

Nuclear Chemist

Organic Chemist

Patent Agent


Pest Control Technician

Petroleum Chemist

Pharmaceutical Chemist



Pulp and Paper Chemist

Quality Control Specialist

Regulatory Affairs Manager

Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Research Assistant

Research Chef

Sales Representative

Science Advisor

Science Writer

Technical Writer

Textile Chemist


University Professor

Wastewater Operator

Wastewater Treatment Engineer

Water Purification Chemist

Water Quality Analyst

Water Quality Control Manager


Please Note: Some of the above listed careers require additional education, training and/or experience. Click on careers that are of interest to you to find out more about the qualifications you’ll need.



Who Employs Chemistry Graduates?

There are many employers, across many different sectors of industry that are interested in the skills and knowledge of chemistry majors, including:


• Cosmetics and fragrance production companies

• Computer and telecommunication companies

• Pulp and paper companies

• Consulting firms

• Pharmaceutical companies

• Municipal, regional and federal government agencies

• Universities, colleges and schools

• Hospitals & other medical organizations

• Magazines and newspapers

• Environment and pollution control firms

• Fine and heavy chemical manufacturing companies

• Food and beverage production companies

• Mining and metallurgy companies

• Law Firms

• Oil and gas companies

• Plastic manufacturing companies

• Museums

• Engineering firms

• Industrial inspection firms

• Scientific research and development companies



Chemistry Degree-Related Jobs

Whether you're a chemistry student looking for a job to help you pay for school, or a graduate looking for an entry or mid-level job, our job board has opportunities directly and indirectly related to your degree.


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Transferable Skills Chemistry Teaches You

Apart from the technical skills that are specific to a chemistry degree, you will also develop fundamental professional skills through your studies. You can apply these skills to many careers not directly related to chemistry. These skills include:


• Effective listening skills

• Presentation skills

• Data recording and analysis skills

• Competitive leadership skills

• Ability to work efficiently independently or in a team

• Organizational communication fluidity



What Can I Do with These Skills?

You could apply these skills to a career as a lawyer, a sales representative, a research chef, a small business owner, an advertising consultant…and the list goes on and on! There are virtually no limits to the type of career you can pursue!


While these skills may not “get you a job” in a field outside of chemistry, they will serve as an excellent foundation for gaining the required education, training or experience you will need to pursue these careers.


For example, simply putting “Data recording and analysis skills” on your resume will probably not be enough to land you a high-powered job in corporate law. On the other hand, having that skill and applying it to studying for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), will help you succeed at that test, and eventually become a lawyer.





Chemistry Graduate Salary

The salary you could earn as a chemistry graduate first entering the workforce can vary drastically, and is heavily dependent on the following factors (not an inclusive list):


• Your level of education (such as if you went on to graduate studies)

• The industry in which you find work

• The type of job you have, and your level of responsibility

• The size and type of your employer

• The region in which you work

• Other work experience you may have accrued

• Other skills you may have


Chemistry Graduate Salary Ontario: According to a study in 2011 conducted by the Ontario Council of Universities, $45,427 CAD* is the average salary earned by Physical Sciences graduates, 2 years after graduating from Ontario universities in 2010.


*This figure is a composite of all graduates who earned a Bachelor’s degree in the Physical Sciences, not specifically for Chemistry graduates. Unfortunately, similar statistics for other Canadian provinces and the United States cannot be found from reputable sources.



Chemistry Degree Scholarships

If you’re a chemistry major looking for help in paying for school, then you’re in luck! Our scholarships database has Canadian and American scholarships that are specific to chemistry, scholarships for science students in general, and scholarships that are open to any field of study.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any and all scholarships for which you qualify, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships in Canada and the United States that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants.



Professional Associations for Careers in Chemistry

To find out more about careers directly related to your chemistry degree, consult the following professional association websites. They offer career-related information, and many have opportunities for student membership, as well as job placement and mentoring opportunities.



Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering

Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists

Chemical Institute of Canada


United States

American Chemical Society

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

The American Institute of Chemists



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