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Post-grad Careers & Opportunities

There are many career options for those majoring in chemistry or biochemistry. Most people think of typical careers paths, such as becoming a laboratory technician, pharmacist, medical doctor, dentist, or veterinarian. However, there are a multitude of other options! Here’s a snapshot of the different sectors and some jobs within each:

  • Industry
    • Applied research and product development
    • Formulation or process chemist
    • Quality assurance and quality control
    • Laboratory and/or project management
    • Technical communication
    • Technical sales and marketing
  • Government
    • Forensics
    • Environmental chemist
    • Science policy, regulatory affairs, and law
    • Military technologies
    • Basic and applied research and development
  • Academia
    • High school teacher
    • Research scientist
    • Chemistry professor
    • Professional staff
  • Non-profit
    • Environmental protection and public health
    • Science policy and regulatory affairs
    • Technical communication
  • Entrepreneurs
    • Consulting

The American Chemical Society provides a great overview of chemistry careers.

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