What Can I Do With A Major In Chemistry?
Chemistry is a physical science which deals with the transformation of substances and various forms of matter. While physics also addresses the science of matter, chemistry takes a more specialized approach, being more concerned with the composition, behavior, structure, and properties of matter, as well as the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions The chemistry major provides training in all areas of modern chemistry including course work in the major disciplines of chemistry - inorganic, organic, physical, biological and analytical. The curriculum is designed to permit the student a wide range of career choices including, but not limited to, chemistry, medicine, law, business, chemical physics, environmental science, and secondary school teaching.
Chemists can be employed in manufacturing firms-mostly in the chemical manufacturing industry, including firms that produce plastics and synthetic materials, drugs, soaps and cleaners, paints, industrial organic chemicals, and other miscellaneous chemical products. Chemists also work for state and local governments, primarily in health and agriculture, and for federal agencies. Others work for research and testing services, and educational institutions.
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Sample of Related Occupations
For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Professional Associations & Additional Career Information
Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities
Chemistry majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.
The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for chemistry majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.
Analytical Consulting Technology, Inc - Laboratory Technician Internship
Celebration Foods (Carvel) - Quality Assurance Technician
Central Area Health Education Center - Youth Health Service Corps and Health Careers Coordinator
Clean Water Action - Global Warming & Clean Energy Internship
CYTECH Industries - Analytical Chemist, Technical Service and & Development Chemist
G.E. Engineering - Environment, Health & Safety Co-op
Gerber Technology, Inc. - Chemistry Lab Technician Internship
Henkel Technologies/Loctite - Engineering Co-op
NASA - NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program
New Britain Health Department - Bioterrorism/Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Coordinator
Pharmalytica Services - Scientist - Bioanalytical Analysis, GMP or GLP Compliant Analytical Testing Scientist
Pratt Nature Center - Environmental Education Internship
Quest Diagnostics - Paramedical Sales Internship
Schreiber Foods - Production Team Advisor, Quality Assurance Team Advisor
Thor Specialties, Inc - Chemical Sales Representative
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Plant Protection Aid/Technician
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Research Assistant, Data Management/Analyst