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What Can I Do With a Major in Chemistry?

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Career Titles

  • Agricultural Chemist
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Agriculture Inspector
  • Agronomist
  • Air Analyst
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Anatomist
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Application Chemist
  • Art Conservator
  • Assayer
  • Astronaut
  • Astrophysicist
  • Attorney
  • Ballistics Explosives Expert
  • Biochemical Toxicologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Brain Metabolism Researcher
  • Brewer Lab Assistant
  • Business Executive
  • Buyer
  • Cardiologist
  • Catalyst Sales Coordinator
  • Catalytic Chemist
  • Cepalometric Analyst
  • Ceramic Chemist
  • Chemical Analyst
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Information Specialist
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician
  • Chemical Mixer
  • Chemical Oceanographer
  • Chemical Plant Operator
  • Chemical Sales Manager
  • Chemical Technician
  • Chemist
  • Chemistry Technologist
  • Clarifying Plant Operator
  • Clinical Chemist
  • Clinical Toxicologist
  • Colloid and Surface Chemist
  • Color Development Chemist
  • Combustion Engineer
  • Conservationist
  • Cosmetic Analyst
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Criminologist
  • Crystallographer
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Dairy Technologist
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Dentist
  • Dialysis Technician
  • Dietician
  • Drug Analyst
  • Ecologist
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Enzymologist
  • EPA Inspector
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Food Chemist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Forensic Toxicologist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Geneticist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Hazardous Waste Management Specialist
  • Hematology Technologist
  • Histopathologist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Inorganic Chemist 
  • Insecticides Tester
  • Journalist
  • Lab Technician
  • Land Reclamation Chemist
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Medical Technologist
  • Medicinal Chemist
  • Metallurgist
  • Mineralogist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Mycologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Narcotics Investigator
  • Neurochemist
  • Nuclear Scientist
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Safety Specialist
  • Oceanographer
  • Odontologist
  • Oil and Petroleum Chemist
  • Optometrist
  • Organic Chemist
  • Osteopathic Physician
  • Paint Chemist
  • Patent Examiner
  • Pathologist
  • Perfumer
  • Pest Control Analyst
  • Petroleum Inspector
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physical Chemist
  • Physician
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Physicist
  • Plastics Engineer
  • Pollution Control Chemist
  • Polymer Chemist
  • Product Safety Engineer
  • Product Tester
  • Proteins Chemist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Radiologist
  • Sanitarian
  • Scientific Equipment Sales Representative
  • Scientific Photographer
  • Scientific Writer
  • Scientist
  • Serologist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Spectroscopist
  • Steroids Chemist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Textile Chemist
  • Tissue Technologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Translator, Scientific Documents
  • Underwater Technician
  • Vector Control Assistant
  • Veterinarian
  • Wastewater Treatment Chemist
  • Water Purification Chemist
  • Wood Technologist
  • Yeast Culture Developer

Employers
  • Aerospace and Components Firms
  • Agricultural Companies
  • Airlines
  • Atomic Energy Firms
  • Beverage Processing Companies
  • Biotechnology Firms
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Chemical Companies
  • College & Universities
  • Commercial Testing Laboratories
  • Cosmetic Companies
  • Drug Companies
  • Electric Light & Power Services
  • Engineering Firms
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Food Processing Companies
  • Forestry Centers
  • Fuels and Fuel Dealerships
  • Furniture Companies
  • Glass Production Companies
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance Companies
  • Laboratories
  • Manufacturing & Processing Companies
  • Medical Laboratories
  • Medical Research Firms
  • Medical/Technical Libraries
  • Metal and Mineral Products Companies
  • Mining Companies
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Paper Companies
  • Petroleum Refineries
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Professional and Technical Journals
  • Publishing Companies
  • Research & Consulting Organizations
  • Sanitary Services
  • Shipping, Water, and Transportation Companies
  • Textile Manufacturers
  • Tire and Rubber Companies
  • Tobacco Companies
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Interior
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • Utilities Companies

Skills
  • Ability to derive information from computers
  • Ability to make critical observations/decisions
  • Ability to organize and interpret data
  • Ability to think creatively and logically.
  • Ability to use scientific equipment and measuring instruments.
  • Acute observational skills
  • Advanced critical thinking, problem solving, and research skills.
  • Analytical skills
  • applying appropriate methods to test the validity of data
  • Applying concepts
  • Applying information creatively to solve specific problems
  • Aptitude for accurate details
  • Attending to data
  • Attention to detail
  • Breaking down principles into parts
  • Calculating skills
  • Capability of conducting research and statistically analyzing the data
  • Capability to improve industrial processes with the purpose of creating more efficient and effective methods for creating and studying of chemicals.
  • Capacity to understand and express complex scientific and technical information.
  • Careful record keeping skills.
  • Conduct research
  • Curiosity
  • Designing an experiment, plan or model that systematically defines a problem
  • Develop theories
  • Evaluating information against appropriate standards
  • Expert analysis of biological and chemical substances.
  • Generate research projects and ideas
  • Good manual dexterity and analytical reasoning.
  • Innovation
  • Manipulate information using expertise in mathematics
  • Observation and decision making
  • Oral and written communication
  • Organize/report data
  • Perceive and define cause and effect relationships
  • Perception
  • Perform experiments
  • Perseverance
  • Pleasure in learning new skills
  • Possess good vision and manual dexterity.
  • Potential to predict outcomes of mixing substances.
  • Precision/accuracy
  • Present/summarize research findings
  • Process data
  • Remain objective
  • Review large amounts of material and extracting essence
  • Solve quantitative problems
  • Technical report preparation
  • Technological skills
  • Test an idea/hypothesis
  • Utilize formulas
  • Work independently and in groups

Salary Information  

NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Summer 2018 Average Starting Salary:
  • Chemistry Bachelors Degree: $42,355

Average Salary of SNC Chemistry Graduate:

  • 2017: $35,001 - $40,000
  • 2016: no data available
  • 2015: no data availible 
For additional salary information, please visit salary.com.

Graduate Data
To view the job titles, employers, graduate schools and graduate programs reported by our most recent alums in the annual St. Norbert College Career & Professional Development graduate follow-up survey, download the Chemistry Graduate Survey Data Handout (PDF).
 
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