What does a chemist do? Unlike a lot of other fields where careers paths are more obvious, many students and the public at large are unaware of what chemists do with their degrees. This is at least partially due to the fact that chemists do so many different things. Understanding chemistry prepares students for careers in medicine, patent law, and many diverse industries, such as those listed below:
See also: American Chemical Society Careers - This page has information on different types of chemistry-related careers, skills required, salary information, plus helpful areas for job seekers (resume help, etc.) and a nation-wide job posting site.
Employment of Chemists by Industry
(source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
|Research and Testing Laboratories||17.8%|
|Education / Outreach||7.4%|
|Soaps / Hygiene / Cleaning Products||4.1%|
|Polymers / Materials||3.7%|
|Public Util. / Transportation||2.5%|
Jobs of Some UST Chemistry Alumni:
Where have recent chemistry graduates gone after graduation?
~ 30% to graduate schools (All with full tuition scholarships + stipend)
~ 30% to medical or professional schools
Employment with companies such as 3M, Eli Lilly, General Mills, Cargill, Dow, EcoLab, H.B. Fuller, Cima, IBM, Kodak, and more.