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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



Chemical Technician


Chemistry Professor

Environmental Analyst

Environmental Health Specialist

Food Science Technologist

Forensic Science Technician

Hospital Administrator

Industrial Hygienist

Laboratory Technician

Medical Technologist

Natural Resources Manager



Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

Product Tester

Quality Control Manager


Research Associate

Soil Scientist

Technical Writer



Water Scientist

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

American Academy of Forensic Science

American Chemical Society

American Institute of Biological Sciences

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Aspiring Docs

Biochemical Society

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

Explore Health Careers

General Chemistry Online


The National Academies

National Institute of Health Office of Science Education

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Professional Science Masters

Sloan Foundation Careers in Science, Technology and Medicine

Society of Toxicology

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 College Central Network, 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

Pratt Nature Center - Environmental Education Internship

Quest Diagnostics - Paramedical Sales Internship

Schreiber Foods - Production Team Advisor, Quality Assurance Team Advisor

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Plant Protection Aid/Technician

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Research Assistant, Data Management/Analyst