Careers with a chemistry degree

The future is bright for chemists. The study of chemistry is excellent preparation for many careers, both in the laboratory and beyond.

Chemistry is the study of substances in our world, such as paper and ink, the food we eat, the gasoline we use in our cars, and the rubber in our tires. Because the study of chemistry imparts skills and knowledge valued in the job market, the employment outlook for chemists is promising, with a very low unemployment rate for U.S. chemists. Continued growth in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and nanotechnology signals an increasing demand for chemists during the coming decade.

The Chemistry Department at Carthage prepares students for a wide range of careers and graduate school programs.

What can you do with a chemistry major?

  • Students seeking careers in chemistry have many research opportunities at Carthage. Shown is a st... Analytical Chemist
  • Chemistry Instructor
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Development Chemist
  • Physician
  • Polymer Chemist
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Attorney
  • Research Chemist
  • Pharmacist
  • Science Librarian
  • Science Editor/Illustrator
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Consultant
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Veterinarian
  • Science Teacher

Where do Carthage chemistry graduates work?

  • University of Illinois-Chicago — Lab Technician
  • State of Georgia Crime Lab — Chemist
  • Rustoleum — Research/Quality Assurance Scientist
  • Sigma Aldrich — Research/Quality Assurance Scientist
  • DuPont — Research/Quality Assurance Scientist
  • SC Johnson — Research/Quality Assurance Scientist
  • Johnson Diversey — Research/Quality Assurance Scientist
  • Nalco — Research/Quality Assurance Scientist
  • Hospira — Research/Quality Assurance Scientist
  • Agilent Technologies — Software Analyst
  • Kraft Foods — Research Scientist
  • EPIC — Analyst
  • Kenosha Unified School District - Science Teacher
  • Abbvie - Chemist
  • Pfizer - Associate Scientist
  • Pfizer - Quality Control Analyst

What graduate programs do Carthage chemistry graduates attend?

Graduate Schools

  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of California-San Diego
  • University of New Mexico (Explosives Chemistry)
  • Emory University
  • University of Oregon

Medical Schools

  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Rosalind Franklin Medical School
  • Des Moines Podiatry School
  • University of Michigan

Pharmacy Schools

  • Rosalind Franklin
  • Concordia University
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Midwestern University

Engineering Schools

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Michigan Tech

Veterinary Schools

  • University of Illinois

Dental School

  • Southern Illinois University

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