Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry are skilled at critical thinking, synthesizing complex ideas, and analyzing technical data and information. The degree opens many doors and leads to exciting, varied, and even unconventional careers.
Many scientific, technical, engineering, manufacturing, legal, medical, and environmental industries rely on the expertise of a chemist. Chemists are involved in making products safer, better, and less expensive. They develop ways to monitor natural and man-made chemicals in the environment, and look for ways to prevent and clean up pollution. They use science to solve and deter crimes, to protect homeland security, and to craft legislative policy. All employment sectors hire chemists; academic institutions, private industries, the military, and governmental agencies all need chemists!
Unemployment rates among chemists are typically well below the national average, and starting salaries are higher than for most other sciences. For the latest information about the job market and information about starting salaries, visit the American Chemical Society website.
Following is a sampling of the types of careers a chemist might choose:
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