Careers in Chemistry

If you are studying chemistry as an undergraduate student you have many options available to you after graduation that will utilize the skills you’ve acquired as a student of science. There are so many directions you can go! However, if you are passionate about the field of chemistry then you may want to start your career exploration by first learning about career fields that require knowledge and skills specific to chemistry. One resource you can use to explore these options is Focus 2. In addition to the career assessments, Focus 2 also includes a robust list of career options related to majors at Binghamton, including detailed information about each related career option. You can also use the resource O*NET to do a search based on “Knowledge Area” and select Chemistry to be connected to a list of career options that require chemistry knowledge.  

Another great resource is Candid Career. Through Candid Career, you can watch clips of interviews with professionals from a ton of different fields talking about their career paths, challenges in the field, and what their jobs are actually like day to day. To get started with this resource, check out this interview with an Analytical Chemist. 

A Career as an Analytical Chemist

This analytical chemist, Joe, performs high quality tests to support registrations for his company’s crop protection products. The tests, such as PH and flash point, are designed to examine the physical chemistry, the characterization of the materials, as well as the storability of the final product. This professional has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Ball State University. Listen here as he provides a general description of this position. 

Next, Joe will share what he loves about his job, as well as what challenges him in this role. 

Finally, learn more about how to prepare for a job as an analytical chemist. 

You can check out Candid Career and all of the resources mentioned above to learn about other career options for those with a passion for chemistry. 

By Erica Kryst, PhD
Erica Kryst, PhD Senior Associate Director, Career Experiences and Education