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What is Chemistry? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU Department of Chemistry

What is Chemistry?

According to Google, chemistry is a "branch of science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed; the investigation of thier properties and the ways in which they interact, combine, and change; an the use of these processes to form new substances."

Chemistry - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Agricultural Scientist Anesthesiologist Assayer
Biochemist Brewer Lab Assistant Chemical Oceanographer
Chemistry Technologist Clarifying Plant Operator Clinical Specialist
College Professor Color Development Chemist Computer Software Engineer
Coop Extension Agent Crime Lab Analyst Cytotechnologist
Dentist Entomologist Environmental Health Specialist
Environmental Engineer EPA Inspector FDA Inspector
Fire Protection Engineer Food Scientist Technician Forensic Chemist
General Surgery Resident Genetic Counselor High School Teacher
Hospital Administrator Hydrologist Industrial Buyer
Industrial Hygienist Lawyer Metallurgist
Medical Technologist Molecular Biologist Museum Curator
Nurse Occupational Health Specialist Occupational Safety Specialist
Optometrist Patent Agent Perfumer
Pharmaceutical Sales Rep Pharmacist Physician
Planner Plastics Engineer  Product Developer
Product Tester Psychiatrist Quality Assurance Manager
Radiologist Risk Manager Science Lab Technician
Scientific Photographer Senior Report Writer Soil Scientist
Specification Writer System Analyst Tissue Technologist
Toxicologist Underwater Technician Vector Control Assistant
Veterinarian Wastewater Treatment Chemist Yeast Culture Developer

Related Skills

Developing Theories Science and Math Ability
Conducting Research Reseverance
Attending to Data Analytical Skills
Curiosity Follow Through
Utilizing Formula Perform Experiments
Process Data Observation & Decision Making
Work Independently & with Group Technological Skills
Oral & Written Communicaiton Remain Objective

Chemistry education majors should also develop skills involving planning an dte ability to adapt teaching methods to the various learning styles of students.

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Jobscience.com - lists professional positions in health care and the biomedical sciences.

American Chemical Society - allows members to post resumes and search for chemistry positions nationwide. Go to "Quick Find" and then to Careers & Jobs.

Chemsoc - published by Royal Chemical Society, lists positions for chemist in the United Kingdom.



The Scientist-Careers


New Scientist Jobs

Chemistry Jobs

Science Careers

Global Careers

Chemistry Wolrd Jobs

iHire Chemists

Organic Chemistry Job Portal


Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Explore Careers in Earth & Physical Sciences

 What Can I do with a Major in Chemistry? - CareerThoughts.com has a similar page to this one, which includes career options, expected salary, and job outlook information.

Science Careers - learn about science career news and perspectives, recieve career advices, check out the job market and look at career profiles.

Careers in Science and Engineering - a student career planning guide for science and engineering for grad school and beyond.

PhDs.org - research and find graduate schools, search for jobs in your field and utilize their career specific resources.

American Chemical Society Career Advice

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center

Professional Association Links

American Chemical Society - through this site you can learn about salary and employment trends in your field, find a job, learn job search information, attend webinars, further your education and recieve career counciling.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences - a professional association dedicated to the application of the science of law and has great career resources for students and employment.

RSC's Chemical Science Network

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors

Chemical & Engineering News

National Academy of Sciences

The Electrochemical Society

Materials Research Society


National Science Foundation

Pacific Northwest Labs

Miscellaneous Links

Bio View - Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Employment - developer of science equiptment and software for medical institutions, commercial labratories and universities.

Chemistry Links OSU

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