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Chemistry

Area

Employers

Strategies

Analytical

  • Research
  • Development
  • Analysis and Testing
  • Consulting
  • Environmental
  • Forensics

Federal, state, and local government,

Federal agencies including National Aeronautics and Space Administration,

Manufacturing firms including textile, petroleum, food, electronics, glass, paper, packaging, machinery, cosmetics, paint, drug, and chemical industries,

Industrial production and inspection agencies,

Research laboratories and organizations,

Environmental protection organizations,

Colleges and universities

Familiarize yourself with federal, state, and local government job application processes.

Gain experience in a laboratory setting.

Develop proficiency with high-tech scientific equipment.

Take electives in your area of interest.

Biochemical

  • Research
  • Development
  • Analysis and Testing
  • Consulting
  • Quality Control
  • Medical
  • Environmental
  • Industrial Health & Safety
  • Hospital Administration

Research laboratories and organizations

Pharmaceutical and medical research firms

Biotechnology firms

Plant and animal breeders and growers

Food processors

Industrial production and inspection agencies

Environmental protection organizations

Federal, state and local government, such as the Centers for Disease Control

Colleges and universities

Take additional courses in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, cytology, and physiology. Develop excellent laboratory and computer skills.

Get involved with undergraduate research with professors. Join related professional organizations. Complete a related internship with an organization in the area of your interest.

Organic

  • Research
  • Development
  • Analysis and Testing
  • Quality Control
  • Consulting

Industries related to petroleum, coal, wood products, plastics, textiles, and food,

Manufacturing firms developing new synthetic materials and new production processes,

Research organizations,

Federal and state government,

Colleges and universities

Gain additional laboratory and research experience through internships and summer jobs. Get involved with undergraduate research with professors.

Geochemistry

  • Environmental Remediation
  • Research & Development
  • Analysis & Testing

Research laboratories and organizations,

Industries involved in mining, electronics, and synthetic materials,

Federal and state government,

Colleges and universities

Take geology & environmental science electives.

Inorganic

  • Research
  • Analysis and Testing
  • Quality Control
  • Consulting

Environmental organizations,

Water processing plants,

Natural resources organizations

Choose appropriate coursework to specialize in an area. Develop additional l laboratory skills and experience.

Polymer Chemistry

  • Analysis & Testing
  • Research & Development

Industries involving textiles and plastics

Gain research experience through internships, part-time employment, and summer jobs.

Physical

  • Research
  • Development
  • Analysis and Testing
  • Quality Control
  • Consulting

Research laboratories and organizations,

Industries involving electrical, nuclear, gas, heat, or light energy,

Federal government,

Colleges and universities

Take related courses in social sciences and economics. Develop strong mathematical background.

Education

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration

Private and public secondary schools,

Colleges and universities

Obtain certification/licensing for teaching in public schools. Acquire a master's degree for community college teaching and a Ph.D. for colleges and universities.

Take courses in public speaking.

Business

  • Technical Sales/Marketing
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Management
  • Consulting
  • Industrial
  • duality Control
  • Research & Development

Manufacturing firms,

Drug stores,

Medical/Pharmaceutical supply companies,

Industries including textiles, petroleum, food, electronics, glass, paper, packaging, machinery, cosmetics, paint, drugs, and chemicals.

Agricultural product companies,

Environmental management organizations,

Waste management firms

Obtain a minor in business. Develop strong verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Hold leadership positions in campus organizations. Join related student organizations, e.g., American Marketing Association, Financial Management Association, Public Relations Student Society of America, etc.

Technical Writing

  • Writing
  • editing

Research product development departments and organizations,

Publishing firms including books, scientific and research journals, technical press, large newspapers, and wire services,

Internet sites

Take advanced technical writing courses. Develop word processing and desktop publishing skills.

Law

  • Patent Law
  • Legislation and Lobbying

Manufacturing firms

Research and development firms,

Law firms,

Private practice,

Environmental agencies

Obtain law degree to become an attorney.

Information Specialist/

Technical Libraries

Special libraries,

Research organizations,

Colleges and universities,

Large manufacturing, firms, especially chemicals and pharmaceuticals

Obtain master's degree in library and information science. Develop computer retrieval skills. Join Special Libraries Association, Chemistry Division.

Strategies for placement in Chemistry

  • Undergraduate degree sufficient for entry-level positions such as lab coordinator, research assistant, product testing or analysis, technical sales, or service representative.
  • Maintain high grade point average and secure strong recommendations for graduate school.
  • Master's degree sufficient for most applied research positions, industrial work, and some community college teaching.
  • Find research opportunities with professors and other experts in the field to gain experience.
  • Ph.D. degree required for university teaching and advanced positions in management and research and development. Postdoctoral experience is preferred for research positions in industry, universities, and government.
  • Advanced degrees help speed career advancement.
  • Develop strong computer, mathematics, and science skills/knowledge.
  • Obtain part-time, volunteer, co-op, internship, or summer experience.
  • Obtain practical experience using various laboratory equipment and high-tech scientific equipment and data.
  • Complete an undergraduate research project.
  • Consider electives in computer science, engineering, business, public speaking, and writing.
  • Join related student professional organizations.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section
504/ADA /ADEA Employer.

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