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What Can I do With a Degree in Chemistry?

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Advising & Career Services' Resources
Advising & Career Services has a variety of resources to help students explore potential career fields. These resources include information about typical responsibilities, qualifications, career paths, job outlook, salary, and related careers.

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Vocational Biographies

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  • Chemical Engineer
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Cell Research Chemist

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Professional Associations

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Chemistry Majors

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Internet Sites with Job Search Information for Chemistry Majors

  • Top U.S. Chemical Companies — From Dr. Harry E. Pence, Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Oneonta. "This site provides a quick reference to the web sites of the top Industrial Chemical companies. The emphasis is on companies that have major operations in the U.S. and also provide web information on careers."
  • Company Descriptions — From Chemical Week magazine. Brief descriptions with links to companies that produce, transport, and distribute chemicals.
  • Lab Support — Temporary agency providing listings to laboratory jobs requiring A.S., B.S., or M.S. degrees.
  • Sloan Career Cornerstone Center — Job listings for chemistry majors.

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Places of Employment 

Chemistry majors may find employment in a variety of areas depending on their skills and experience. Places of employment for chemists include private industry (pharmaceutical, chemical, food manufacturing); environmental testing and research laboratories; biotechnology firms; federal, state, and local government agencies; and educational institutions. Career-related internships or career-related part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding professional-level employment after graduation.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested chemistry majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for chemistry majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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Miscellaneous

Department of Chemistry - Portland State University

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