Chemistry

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers at BA, BS and Minor in Chemistry.  Courses in chemistry provide general knowledge and appreciation of chemistry and it's impact on society.  The BS prepares students to become professional chemists or to pursue graduate work in chemistry.  The BA is for the student who wants to understand the fundamental principles of chemistry and to study a number of other fields. Students may also choose an area of emphasis such as environmental chemistry, biological chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical physics.

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Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Chemistry and major sub-disciplines (analytical, organic, physical, inorganic, biochemistry) 
  • Design, carry out, record, and analyze the results of chemical experiments 
  • Use modern instrumentation and classical techniques, to design experiments, and to properly record the results of their experiment 
  • Practice and follow proper procedures for the safe handling of chemicals 
  • Communicate results to chemists and non-chemists.

Popular Career Paths

Research and Product Development: Typically involves helping organizations and companies solve problems and address specific needs of society by developing new products or improving existing ones.

Sales, Marketing & Management: Can involve selling raw chemical materials, finished products, or equipment to clients as well as providing on-site testing, product performance evaluations, and maintenance.

Teaching: Involves teaching chemistry at the high school or college level and requires being aware of changes in the field as well as staying current in related fields like biology and physics.  Teaching at the high school level typically requires a teaching certification, while teaching at the collegiate level requires an advanced degree in Chemistry.

Technical Writing/Editing: Includes writing and editing technical documents, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions.


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Jobs to Consider

Analytical Chemist

Application Chemist

Assayer

Biochemist

Chemical Laboratory Technician/Director

Chemical Sales Representative

Chemist

Color Development Chemist

Compliance Officer

Food Chemist

Inorganic Chemist

Lab Technician

Operations Manager

Organic Chemist

Pharmaceutical Research Chemist

Quality Control Manager

Research Scientist

 

Scientific Editor

Technical Consultant

Technical Writer

Toxicologist

Wastewater Treatment Chemist

Water Purification Chemist

Teacher

Technical Editor

 


Places to Seek Employment

Federal Government Agencies

Biotechnology Firms

Chemical Production Plants

Colleges and Universities

Commercial Testing Laboratories

Construction Companies

Oil and Gas Companies

Professional Associations

Agricultural Research Firms

Manufacturing Firms

Medical Research Firms

Environmental Engineering Firms

Pharmaceutical Research Firms

Private/Public Schools

Food Manufacturers and Processors

Research Laboratories

State Environmental Management Agencies

Specialty Chemical Firms

Waste Treatment Plants

 

 

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Employment Strategies

  1. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  2. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  3. Consider joining a professional association related to chemistry, such as the American Chemical Society and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field of interest.
  4. Complete an undergraduate research experience to gain advanced research skills chemistry
  5. Become familiar with the federal government job application process if you are interested in pursuing employment with a federal government agency.
  6. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. List of practice questions: pharmaceutical sales (pdf), pharmacy school (pdf), medical school (pdf).
  7. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
  8. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as the Chemistry Club.

Job and Internship Search Resources

  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry Job Center - national and international job opportunities for clinical laboratory professionals, research scientists, physicians and others involved in clinical chemistry
  • American Chemical Society Career Center - contains chemistry jobs, job search resources, career fairs and professional development opportunities
  • BioSpace - biotechnology and pharmaceutical job postings, job search resources, and networking opportunities
  • ChemJobs.net - comprehensive job search engine and directory for chemical and related industry professionals
  • Epic: Experiential Programs in Chemistry - list of internships and research opportunities in chemistry; resource provided by the American Chemical Society
  • LifeScienceJobs.com - international job opportunities in chemical manufacturing and research, healthcare, pharmaceutical research and sales, medical devices and academia
  • MakingtheDifference.org - job opportunities in varying government agencies for those interested in pursuing a career in chemistry
  • Medzilla - comprehensive scientific job board containing opportunities in biotechnology, pharmaceutical sales, and healthcare
  • Pfizer Internship Program - Pfizer is a biopharmaceutical research and development company that offers summer internships to chemistry students
  • Science Careers - contains biotech, pharmaceutical, faculty and postdoc jobs as well as employer profiles from the Journal Science
  • TriangleJobs - contains science and technology jobs in and around the Research Triangle area

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