What Can I Do With a Major
Individuals with a degree in Chemistry study the structure and
make up of chemical substances and the way their interaction
changes and transforms them.
Before you begin to look at the different types of opportunities
available to Chemistry majors, you must look at yourself and ask
yourself a few basic questions:
What am I good at?
Understand your major strengths, skills and accomplishments.
Some examples of skills and qualities employers look for
Attention to detail
What do I like to do?
Examine your interests. What kind of life style do I want to
lead? Examine your values...is money what you're after, job
security, challenging work?
If you are having trouble answering these questions, you are not
alone. Make an appointment an advisors in the Career
Center. We want to help you!
Once you know yourself, you are ready to decide where and how
you want to apply this knowledge.
The field of Chemistry has many
specialty areas such as:
Chemical Oceanography, etc.
A bachelor's degree in Chemistry and the appropriate skills
and/or experience can lead to positions in:
Analysis and testing
Technical sales and service
Teaching, secondary education
Experience in the field or an advanced degree could lead to
certain positions in:
Teaching in colleges/universities
Higher education administration
Patent law, etc.
For information on graduate schools, consult Peterson's.
To help you decide which area to pursue you must do in-depth
research into each area of
specialization and/or industry you have an interest in.
John's University Chemistry Department
Career and Job Resources on the Internet
Places to begin:
Join the Career Centers COACH
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Talk to people in the field, talk to
your professors, write to and/or join one of the following
American Chemical Society, Career Services 1155 Sixteenth
Street, NW, Room O-816 Washington, DC 20036 (800) 227 - 5558 www.acs.org
Association for Clinical Chemistry 2101 L Street, NW, Suite 202
Washington, DC 20006 (800) 892 - 1400 www.aacc.org
Society of Cosmetic Chemists 120 Wall Street, Suite 2400 New
York, NY 10005 (212) 668 - 1500 www.scconline.org
For additional lists of Associations consult the Encyclopedia of