What Can I Do With a Major In Chemistry?

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Major Information

Chemistry majors go on to successful careers in many sciences, academics, politics, government, industry, publishing, research, and much more. Many Chemistry majors specialize further in graduate school. A Chemistry degree is available through the College of Science & Engineering (CSE) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). The requirements for these programs are similar. Talk to an adviser to learn more and to choose which program is right for you.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and chemistry majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Skills in data management and interpretation
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Research and laboratory skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Interest Code: IRE      

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Internship & Job Search Websites

Professional Organizations

Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized
by the most common career fields they go into (although, keep in mind that there
are chemistry alumni in all eight of the
career fields).  For more career information
for chemistry majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

 
Healthcare & Science

Internships

  • R&D Process Development Intern, St. Jude Medical

Entry-Level

  • Pharmacy Technician, CVS Health
  • Forensic Special Chemist, Aegis Sciences Corporation
  • Researcher, University of Minnesota
  • Case Aid, Metropolitan Health Plan
  • Chemical Specifications Coordinator, Adecco Staffing
  • Senior Specifications Technician, EcoLab
  • Lab Technician (EcoLab), Aerotek
  • Lab Analyst, Pace Analytical

Experienced

  • Chemist, Ecolab
  • Senior Scientist, Wockhardt USA
  • Senior Chemist, Upsher-Smith Laboratories
  • Senior Research Chemist, 3M

Graduate Programs

  • Pharm.D., Midwestern University
  • MS, Analytical Chemistry at University of Minnesota
  • PhD, Organic Chemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MD, Kasturba Medical College International Center