Chemistry is the science that researches and analyzes the properties of substances and the changes they undergo. The field influences nearly every aspect of modern-day life, making chemists essential in evaluating critical issues that we face every day. Chemical research causes change in diverse areas, such as medicine, pesticide application or consumer electronics. The work done by chemists helps to formulate government policies and shape the communities in our world.

Students graduating with a chemistry major find a wide range of career choices including, chemistry, medicine, law, business, chemical physics, environmental science, and secondary school teaching. Graduates are often employed in areas of research and development, regulatory and quality assurance, pharmaceuticals, and food. Chemistry professionals are found working in the private sector as well as for state and local governments and for federal agencies.

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Agronomist Industrial Waste Inspector
Anesthesiologist (MD) Materials Scientist
Biochemist Metallurgist
Biophysicist Middle School Teacher
Chemical Engineer Nuclear Fuels Research Engineer
Chemist Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Chemical Engineer Occupational Health Specialist
Chemistry Professor Pathologist (MD)
Chemistry   Technologist Perfumer
Chemical   Oceanographer Petroleum Engineer
Conservation Scientist Pharmacist
Crime   Lab Analyst Pharmacologist
Cytologist Plant Breeder
Dairy Technologist Radiation Protection Engineer
Dentist (DDS) Resource Recovery Engineer
Environmental Engineer Safety Inspector
Fire Prevention Engineer Sales Rep (Chemicals & Drugs)
Food & Drug Inspector Sanitary Engineer
Food Technologist Scientific Publications Editor
Forensic Science Technicians Soil Scientist
High School Teacher Solid Waste Disposal Administrator
Horticulturist Technical Publications Writer
Hospital Administrator Toxicologist
Hydrographer Veterinarian (VMD)
Hydrologist Water Pollution Control Inspector
Industrial Air Pollution Analyst  

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Employers who have hired Chemistry Majors
  • Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
  • PQ Corporation
  • Air Liquide Electronics LP
  • Environmental Standards
  • Bishop O'Connell High School
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Graduate Schools attended by  Chemistry Graduates
  • Bucknell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Florida State University
  • Georgetown University
  • Northeastern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State Hershey College of Medicine
  • Penn State University
  • Uniformed Services University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Delaware
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania

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