A degree in chemistry prepares you for careers in a wide variety of fields in industry, healthcare, and biomedical science. Our alumni go onto graduate and professional schools and work in industrial, medical, pharmaceutical, forensic, environmental, and educational settings.

Learn more about the viable career options with a chemistry degree below.  Each career is linked to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics where you will find more information about its outlook.

Health Care

These are jobs in the health care industry students may enter.

Career Median Salary Outlook
Pharmacist $128,710 -2%
Pharmacy Technician $35,100 4%
Physicians and Surgeons $208,000 3%
Genetic Counselor  $85,700 26%
Physician’s Assistant $115,390 31%
Occupational Therapist $86,280 17%
Physical Therapist $91,010 21%
Optometrists $118,050 9%
Dentist $164,010 8%
Veterinarian $99,250 17%
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians $36,260 15%

Biomedical Sciences

Chemistry Grads may want to work on a biomedical setting.

Career Median Salary Outlook
Biochemist $94,270 5%
Medical Scientist $91,510 17%
Toxicologist $91,510 17%
Cancer Researcher $91,510 17%
Biological Technicians $46,340 7%
Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians $54,180 11%
Microbiologist $84,400 5%

Forensic Science

The field of forensic science is quickly growing and in need of skilled workers.

Career Median Salary Outlook
Forensic Science Technician
  1.  Crime lab/Scene Investigators
  2.  Criminalist
$60,590 16%
Forensic chemist
  1.  Forensic Scientist
  2. Forensic Evidence Analyst
$80,680 6%

Industry Chemists

Many chemists work in labs and other places chemists are needed.

Career Median Salary Outlook
Chemical Technician $49,820 5%
Chemist $80,680 6%
Chemists and Materials Scientist $80,680 6%
Analytical Chemists $80,680 6%
Quality Control Chemist $40,460 -12%
Quality Control Inspector $40,460 -12%
Food Scientist $68,830 9%
Geoscientist $93,580 7%
Agricultural and Food Scientists $68,830 9%

Education

Students may choose to educate the next generation of chemists.

Career Median Salary Outlook
Chemistry Professor $80,560 12%
Chemistry Teacher $62,870 8%

Other

These careers are specialized that chemists may pursue.

Career Median Salary Outlook
Patent Lawyer $126,930 9%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists $73,230 8%
Atmospheric Chemist or Scientists, Including Meteorologists $99,740 8%
Agricultural Chemist $80,680 6%
Sales, Pharmaceutical/Medical  $65,420 5%

Click here for career outlook information from Career Services. If you are interested in student employment or internship opportunities, check out our student employment page or Handshake, which is managed by Bemidji State’s career services.