Chemistry is a versatile science and can be worked into any industrial, educational, scientific, or governmental field.  Chemists search for and use new knowledge about chemicals. 

Students of chemistry are able to solve problems and think things through as studying chemistry develops excellent analytical and mathematical skills.  These skills are useful for any job! 

  • A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for a position in chemistry.
  • You will need a master's degree to obtain a good position in research or teaching.
  • A doctorate is required to teach at most colleges and universities and is desirable for research.
Sample Work Settings

Studies in chemistry and biochemistry prepare students for careers in many areas of science, medicine, agriculture and industry, such as:

  • Cosmetics, Food, and Drugs
  • Textiles and Paper
  • Electronics and Machinery
  • Glass, Paint, and Chemicals

Additional areas of employment include:

  • Environmental protection agencies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Industrial production and inspections agencies
  • Research laboratories

Get involved in a laboratory setting and familiarize yourself with scientific equipment; participate in undergraduate research and internships; take electives in business and other areas of interest; join related student/professional organizations and acquire leadership positions; develop computer skills and become familiar with requirements of job applications.