Career Outcomes for Chemistry Majors

Rebecca Erwin, Chemistry RESEARCH TRAINING - Rebecca Erwin '12 works as a laboratory analyst at Environmental Service Laboratories, Indiana, Pennsylvania. "(At IUP,) I learned to recognize when there is an issue that needs to be resolved, troubleshoot the problem, and come up with a solution."

Having a degree in chemistry is your highway to academic and professional fulfillment. The list of possibilities is endless and includes industry, education, academia, and government. Each of these general career destinations offers a multitude of exciting, challenging jobs.


With an undergraduate degree in chemistry, you'll have the choice of many jobs and significant fields of endeavor:

  • Patent law
  • Medicine
  • Government agencies, local, state, federal
  • Secondary school teacher (with a BSEd in chemistry)
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Chemical research
  • Agrochemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Astrochemistry
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Ceramics Industry
  • Chemical engineering (chemical engineer profile)
  • Chemical information specialist
  • Chemical sales
  • Chemical technology
  • Colloid science
  • Consulting
  • Consumer products
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental law
  • Ethnobotany
  • Food chemistry
  • Forensic science
  • Geochemistry
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Materials science
  • Metallurgy
  • Military systems
  • Oceanography
  • Organic chemist
  • Paper industry
  • Perfume chemistry
  • Petroleum and natural gas industry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Plastics industry
  • Polymer industry
  • R&D management
  • Science writer
  • Space exploration
  • Surface chemistry
  • Technical writing
  • Textile industry