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Chemistry Overview - Preparation - Specialty Areas - Co-ops and Internships - Employment - Earnings - Profiles of Chemists - Career Path Forecast -Professional Organizations - PowerPoint - Podcast

Chemistry is the science about substances, their composition, structure, properties, and interactions. Chemistry helps explain the world and its workings, and plays an important role in our lives. Chemists have contributed a great deal to technical advances of society and have made many important contributions to modern life. Everything is made from one or more chemical elements that occur in nature. Chemists use different kinds of chemical processes to make the elements more useful, and they create countless products that make our lives healthier, easier, and more enjoyable.

Chemistry is a powerful springboard to launch you into a fascinating career. Chemistry courses combine general education with preparation for immediate employment. A person with a bachelor's level education in chemistry is prepared to assume a wide variety of positions in industry, government, and academia. The more obvious positions for which a background in chemistry is important are those in the chemical industry or in chemical education. Chemists also employed in a wide variety of related professions such as molecular biology and biotechnology, material science, forensic science, hazardous waste management, textile science, and information management. There are as many specialties as there are areas of application of chemical principles. An undergraduate chemistry degree may be combined with advanced studies in other fields and lead to work in areas such as law or higher management.

Chemists are challenged, excited, and satisfied with their profession. Though chemists may change employers several times during their careers, the majority in the field stay in it their entire careers. The career information in this resource has been assembled to help students majoring in chemistry and related sciences prepare for careers in the chemical sciences by describing a wide variety of chemistry careers and illustrating options available to those who obtain degrees in the chemical sciences.

Chemistry Resources


Profiles of Chemists:
Interviews of Professionals
Career Briefs:
Overview of the field, plus work descriptions, working conditions, places of employment for chemistry fields
Degrees Options and Graduate Degree Considerations, links to Universities
Co-ops/Internships/Summer Work:
Co-ops, internships, and summer work are strategies that add value to education and career development
Industry, Government, Academia, Non-Traditional Careers, Statistics
Expectations and Ranges
Career Path Forecast:
Professional Organizations:
Resources, Networking, Support
Overview of the field of Chemistry
Internet Resources:
American Chemical Society

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the American Chemical Society.

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