About the Chemistry Degree
A bachelor’s degree in chemistry opens many avenues and provides many career options. Nationwide, about 60 percent of graduates enter the workforce in industries such as chemical, food, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Others enter graduate school to get a Ph.D. in chemistry or work in higher education and scientific research and development. Still, others enter a medical profession such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and chiropractic. Chemistry majors can also find jobs teaching high school chemistry. Chemistry majors are respected for their ability to analyze and solve problems. This ability makes chemistry majors desirable in sales and management positions, as well.
Quick Facts: Chemists and Materials Scientists*
2012 Median Pay: $75,061 per year, $35.13 per hour
Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Not Required
On-the-job Training: Not Required
Number of Jobs, 2012: 96,200
Job Outlook, 2012-22: 6% (Slower than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22: 5,400
*Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US department of Labor
Both graduate schools and industries like to see undergraduate experience in research. TROY’s chemistry faculty members are active in research and students can often participate. Summer research opportunities are also available at national laboratories and graduate schools around the country. This is part of the nation’s research experience for undergraduates (REU) program.
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