Career Profiles: Chemistry

CSULB Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry is the study of the properties, the composition and the structure of matter, the changes that occur in matter, and the energy that is released or absorbed during these changes. Chemistry is an experimental science with a solid foundation in theory. The general aim of chemistry is to discover everything possible about the characteristics of matter. A major in chemistry prepares the graduate for employment in the chemical industry, for pursuing advanced studies, or for careers in the teaching profession. It also provides an excellent basis for continuing a career in human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering and law. A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for a person desiring to enter the field of chemistry. Beginning chemists should possess good laboratory skills as well as a broad background in chemistry, and a good knowledge of mathematics and physics.

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Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Agro chemistry
  • Architectural & Engineering Managers
  • Assayer
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Ceramics Industry
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Chemist
  • Consultant
  • Criminologist
  • Dentist
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Food and Flavor Chemist
  • Food Science Technician
  • Forensic Science
  • Geochemistry
  • Government Policy
  • Health Administrator
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Lab Technician
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
  • Occupational Health Specialist
  • Physician
  • Plastics Industry
  • Pulp and Paper Chemist
  • Research Assistant
  • Social & Plant Scientists
  • Space Exploration
  • Teacher
  • Veterinary Technician

Where Employed:

  • Conservation agencies
  • Construction industry
  • Consulting firms
  • Cosmetics, pharmaceutical, or chemical companies
  • Environmental agencies
  • Genetic engineering laboratories
  • Government agencies
  • Law firms
  • Hospitals
  • Market research firms
  • Medical laboratories
  • Petroleum industry
  • Research institutes
  • Schools
  • State and Local Governments
  • Utilities

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