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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Chemistry majors

Overview of major

The chemistry major exposes students to the five major areas of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. After graduation many chemistry graduates pursue more specialized study in one of these five areas or in pharmacy, forensic chemistry, pharmacology, dentistry or medicine. Some graduates begin their professional career working in healthcare, hospitals, government, and in education.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • Pharmacist
  • Doctor
  • Junior Quality Control Manager
  • Chemist
  • Research & Development Technician
  • Chemistry Teacher/Professor
  • Technical Writer
  • Process Development Chemist
  • Junior Toxicologist
  • Biochemist
  • Safety Inspector
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • FBI Special Agent
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Staff Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Field Sales Representative
  • Health Lobbyist
  • Genetics Lab Technician 

Examples of internships

  • Dow Chemical
  • Waste Management of New Jersey
  • National Institutes of Health
  • U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • National Science Foundation
  • Food & Drug Administration
  • Baltimore County Police Department
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  • University of Maryland Hospital
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • MedImunne Inc.
  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • Wallie Howard Jr. Center for Forensic Sciences 

Possible career fields

Analytical

  • Research & development
  • Analysis & testing
  • Consulting
  • Forensics
  • Environmental

Biochemical

  • Research & development
  • Analysis & testing
  • Consulting
  • Medical
  • Quality control
  • Environmental
  • Hospital administration
  • Industrial health & safety

Organic, inorganic, physical, geochemistry, polymer chemistry

  • Research & development
  • Analysis & testing
  • Quality control
  • Consulting
  • Environmental remediation

Education

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration

Business

  • Technical & pharmaceutical sales
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Advertising/Public relations
  • Consulting
  • Industrial quality control
  • Research & development

Technical writing

Law

Possible work settings

  • Government
  • Federal agencies
  • Research labs/Firms
  • Environmental organizations
  • Water processing plants
  • Biotechnology & manufacturing firms
  • Colleges & universities
  • Industrial organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacies
  • Waste management firms
  • Publishers
  • Law firms
  • Libraries

Important skills and abilities

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Laboratory
  • Analytical
  • Research
  • Mathematical
  • Detailed
  • Teaching
  • Work well under pressure
  • Customer service
  • Organized
  • Problem solving
  • Team player
  • Critical thinking

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Great Jobs for Chemistry Majors (SCI Category)
  • Forensic Science Careers (SCI Category)
  • Opportunities in Pharmacy Science (SCI Category)
  • Pharmaceutical Landing (SCI Category)
  • Guide to Government Jobs (GOV Section)
  • Careers in the Environment (ENV Category)
  • Best 168 Medical Schools (Grad Section)
  • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School (Grad Section)
  • Graduate Programs: Business, Education, Health, Information Studies, Law & Social Work (Grad Section) 

Sample graduate programs pursued by Chemistry majors

  • PhD, Organic or Physical Chemistry
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • PhD, Analytical Chemistry
  • MBA, Healthcare Management
  • JD
  • MAT
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Doctor of Pharmacology
  • PhD, Earth Science
  • MD
  • PhD, Experimental Pathology
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering

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