As a Chemistry major, you will analyze chemical reactions to determine the properties
Chemists are involved in a broad range of activities. You might make new compounds
for various purposes such as medicines or plastics. Or, organize, write and edit chemical
information. Some manage large organizations, while others spend their time studying
the chemical world in which we live.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
|Air Pollution Specialist
||National Products Chemist
|Chemical Market Researcher
|Education - Teacher/Instructor/Professor
||Quality Control Specialist
|Forensics - Criminologist
||Solid State Chemist
|Information Science - Writer/Editor/Reporter
Nature of the Work
Chemists are currently in demand for teaching, especially at the high school level.
Those at the university level conduct research in addition to teaching and administrative
Chemical research also is conducted in non-academic settings like government and industrial
About ten percent of all chemists work in production and inspection. That means they
prepare instructions for plant workers that specify the kind and amount of ingredients
to use and the exact mixing time for each stage in the process. They may also monitor
Market specialists try to determine what and how much of a product a company should
produce, look for trends, and try to anticipate new products.
Many chemists eventually leave the lab to become managers, financial specialists in
the chemical industry, patent lawyers, technical communications specialists, and chemical
information systems experts.
Places of Employment
|Schools, colleges, universities
||Criminalistics laboratories at the federal,
|Chemical manufacturing firms and
||state, and local levels
| corporations producing pharmaceuticals,
||Hospitals and clinics
| food, cosmetics, fuels, plastics,
| agricultural chemicals, explosives,
| textiles, paper
||Power production plants
|U.S. Department of Defense
|U.S. Department of Agriculture
||National Institutes of Health
|Nonprofit research organizations
||National Oceanic and Atmospheric
|Banks catering to the chemical industry
||State and local departments of health
|Independent research laboratories
Once you have your bachelor's degree, you might start your career in government or
industry by analyzing or testing products, working in technical sales or service,
or assisting senior chemists in research and development laboratories.
Beyond that, many jobs require some level of education beyond the bachelor's degree.
If you have a master's degree, you can teach in a two-year college or go into applied
research in government or private industry. You need a Ph.D. to conduct basic research,
teach at a four-year college or move into an administrative position.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
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