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Jobs with a Degree in Chemistry

Part of growing up and finding a career often involves earning a college degree. That being said, choosing a major can be difficult. While some degrees open doors for a variety of fields others are very specific. We have been taking a look at different jobs for different degrees. Today we look at chemistry.

Mixes formula’s , making strange concoctions and creating love potions isn’t all there is to chemistry. You might picture some mad scientist franticly working in a lab to create the ultimate weapon and while that might be true, chemistry offers up many more careers opportunities than that. Here are a few.


Somebody had to teach you this stuff so why not pass it on? You could easily use your degree in chemistry to teach students ranging from high school to college. At the university level it isn’t all just lecturing.  You would also be in charge in managing any research projects and programs the university may be running. You might also be in charge of analyzing the results and writing up the research material for scientific journals.  That being said, these type of jobs are in highly soft answer since universities are usually on the cutting edge of research.  Another option is to become a lab technologist and manage, operate and maintain the schools equipment.


The Young Chemist Committee (yes there is such a thing) reports that 60% of chemistry majors go into private sector industries. These job can be very specific and are often more lucrative than most.  Simply your job would be to develop new products or processes for companies. This can be as a research, development or production chemist. It is a wide range or things you can work on and can range from foods, beverages, medicines, health and beauty products, insecticides, fertilizers or any number of other products.  Chemist in these fields are often the ones producing new innovative products, medicines and machinery.


Good old Uncle Sam employees any number of chemist in a wide range of government branches. You could help the FBI solve a crime or help the EPA perform an ecological survey. Some of the branches you can work in are: The FBI, Department of Defense, Agricultural Research Service Investigation, Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.  Chemist working for the government may do leading research, weapons development, testing or investigating. They may even help with policy making.

This field can be complex to study but open numerous doors to a successful career. Check accredited universities such as Trident University is a great way to obtain your degree.