Chemistry Careers

Being good at Chemistry usually means that a student has good math and problem solving skills, and is gifted at seeing multiple parts of process at the same time. Chemistry requires students to have some creative thinking, as well, leading to a wide range of career fields. Below is a list of some great jobs for students who are excel in Chemistry.

Food Scientist Food packing and processing companies are constantly looking out for the latest technology in food preservation as well as consumer trends such as low-fat foods. A food scientist is responsible for creating edible chemical creations that meet consumer demand. Currently, food scientists are working on ways to keep cheese fresher during shipping, a no-fat oil substitute, and many other projects that most food companies would prefer to keep quiet. Candidate should have a degree in Food Science or Chemical Engineering (see below). Salaries start at $50,000 a year and can reach over $200,000.

Science Teacher Colleges and universities are always looking for people who have PhDs in Chemistry to teach classes and run research labs, but science teachers are in high demand in middle and high schools. Some school districts pay a premium for people who are qualified to teach secondary Chemistry or Physics. If you get an M.S. degree you can teach on the college level, which offers a much more flexible schedule. Salaries range from $35,000 to $70,000 a year.

Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineers can work in a variety of fields from petroleum to building materials. A B.S. degree can lead to a high-paying career with an energy conglomerate or a challenging career in food science (see above). Chemical engineers usually start around $55,000 a year, with an average salary of about $95,000, although this can be much higher for engineers who have higher degrees.

Pharmacy Becoming licensed requires a six-year degree, but Pharmacists are in high demand. Besides working retail, many drug companies require pharmacists to conduct drug interaction research, work in labs developing new pharmaceuticals, and perform drug trials on live subjects. Depending on your interests, this can be a very people-oriented career or a more research-oriented one. Salaries range from $65,000 to $90,000 for retail pharmacists, and $75,000 to $120,000 for research jobs.

If you’re good at Chemistry talk to your teachers about possible career fields for you. Also talk to college students, their professors, and people working in the career field you’re interested in.