There are many satisfying careers open to students with a background in science. The first role that comes to many students’ minds, is, of course, research. This could involve developing new therapies for human disease, assessing the environmental condition of a brownfield, or creating a new, biodegradable form of packaging, among other things. Furthermore, many chemistry and biochemistry majors do research for a variety of companies in the private sector. For example, many chemists find work doing research on developing synthetic material for consumer products or developing new drinks and food for food producers.
Many other career options exist that draw on one’s scientific background. You might find yourself using your writing skills to help fund environmental programs, your people skills to sell advanced technologies to labs across the country, or your presentation skills to teach science to people of all ages at a science museum. For those with a chemistry or biochemistry background choose to go into medicine or medical school. A wide range of career choices including, but not limited to, chemistry, medicine, law, business, chemical physics, environmental science, and secondary school teaching.

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Sample Employers

Sample Employers in NYC

Sample Job Titles

  • Air Analyst
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Assayer
  • Biochemist
  • Brewer Lab Assistant
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemist
  • Clinical Specialist
  • Color Development Chemist
  • Combustion Engineer
  • Computer Software Eng.
  • Cosmetics Engineer
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Dentist
  • Developmental Scientist
  • Electron/Chemical Researcher
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • EPA Inspector
  • Fire Protection Engineer
  • Food/Scientist/Technologist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • General Surgery Resident
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Glass Industry Manager
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Inorganic Chemist
  • Laboratory Tester
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Microbiologist
  • Narcotics Investigator
  • Nuclear Chemical Technician
  • Nutritional Chemist
  • Oceanographer
  • Optometrist
  • Organic Chemist
  • Paint Industry Scientist
  • Patent Agent
  • Perfumer
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Product Tester
  • Psychiatrist
  • Radiologist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Research Analytical Chemist
  • Research Associate
  • Sanitarian
  • Science Laboratory Technician
  • Surgeon
  • Teacher
  • Textiles Industry Chemist
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Water Purification Chemist
  • Yeast culture Developer

Job Listing Sites

  • MentorNet - mentoring programs for students in the sciences and technology
  • Nature Jobs - a job database sponsored by the journal Nature. A great source for opportunities in the US
  • New Scientist Jobs - a great job database sponsored by New Scientist magazine.
  • ScienceCareers - a wonderful career resource for scientists, especially graduate students and students interested in graduate school opportunities. The site is sponsored by the AAAS.
  • EngineeringJobs.Com - Job listing for chemical engineers
  • Chemistry Jobs - Listing of jobs related to chemistry

Professional Associations

Graduate Schools

Medical Schools