Career Paths and Salaries

Don’t limit yourself to one career field! Wright State University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in chemistry give you options. You can prepare for further graduate work. If you want to enter the workforce immediately upon graduating you will have the tools that provide you with employment options.

Annual Salaries of Chemists

Lowest 10%

Lowest 10% salary is $44970


Median Salary is 79300

Highest 10%

Highest 10% salary is 139650

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Success Stories

“I am pursuing an honors degree in chemistry with a pre-med emphasis. After graduation, I hope to go to medical school and become a pediatrician. I enjoy volunteering at a free clinic and working with kids. I am in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Dean’s Circle.”

Kara Geremia recently completed her master’s degree in computational chemistry from Wright State. She describes computational chemistry as using computers to solve chemical problems that cannot be computed by hand, then shaping a hypothesis based on the solutions.

“I am a non-traditional student who decided I wanted to pursue a career path in chemistry. Ever since I got my first microscope at age 7, I knew I wanted to be a scientist.”

The careers we prepare you for are growing. And we'll help you get there. You can talk to a dedicated career advisor in Career Services. They can also help place you in internships, and almost all of our students placed in internships are hired by the company as full-time employees—sometimes before graduating.

Career Paths

  • Research and development
  • Quality control/regulatory
  • Chemical health and safety
  • Human resources and management
  • Sales/marketing
  • Manufacturing
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Education
  • Technical writing and communication