Department of Chemistry

Career Paths and Salaries

Career Paths

(Source: American Chemical Society)

Students with chemistry majors can pursue a career as an:

Research and Development

  • Applied Research and Product Development
  • Cheminformatics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Technology
  • Crystallography
  • Dyes, Pigments and Inks
  • Industrial Management
  • Laboratory Management
  • Project Management

Quality Control/Regulatory

  • Chemical Health and Safety
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control
  • Toxicology

Support

  • Chemical Information Management Specialist
  • Human Resources
  • Public Information and Outreach
  • Technical Support
  • Technical Communication
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Technical Sales and Marketing

Manufacturing

  • Formulation Chemistry
  • Process Chemistry

Environment and Health

  • Environmental Protection
  • Public Health
  • Chemical Health and Safety
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Toxicology
  • Water Chemistry

Law and Policy

  • Chemistry and the Law
  • Public Information and Outreach
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Science Policy
  • Social Impact/Activism
  • Technical Communication

Military and Law Enforcement

  • Military Science and Technology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Quality 
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control

Government Research and Development

  • Applied Research and Product Development
  • Basic Research
  • Cheminformatics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Technology
  • Crystallography
  • Industrial Management
  • Laboratory Management
  • Project Management

Other

  • Chemistry in the Arts
  • Chemical Information Management Specialist

Higher Education

  • Academic Professional Staff
  • Basic Research
  • Cheminformatics
  • Chemistry Professor
  • Chemical Information Management Specialist

High School

  • High School Chemistry Teacher

Nonprofit

  • Chemistry in the Arts
  • Environmental Protection
  • Public Health
  • Public Information and Outreach
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Science Policy
  • Social Impact/Activism
  • Technical Communication

Median Salaries of Chemists

Type of Employment Median Salary
Academic $80,000
Government $107,625
Industrial $115,000

(Source: Chemical and Engineering News, Nov. 14, 2016 (PDF))