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5 Interesting Jobs For Chemistry Majors

Chemistry is one of the most challenging majors, but pursuing a chemistry degree is an excellent start for various rewarding careers. While the job market may be competitive, the good news is that the job prospects for chemistry graduates are bright, and there are many fulfilling career paths you can explore upon graduating. 

The following are some of the most exciting careers you may consider after graduating with a chemistry major and acquiring an advanced degree:

Analytical Chemist

As an analytical chemist, you will work in a lab and study and analyze the chemical composition of various substances. Analytical chemistry is most commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry for the development and quality control of drugs and other products, forensic analysis, and more. The typical job functions of an analytical chemist include, but are not limited to:

  • Carrying out research and analysis using various equipment and technologies
  • Developing new methods to conduct chemical analysis with the latest technologies
  • Testing the safety and effectiveness of new drugs before they are made available to the public
  • Working in teams and effectively communicating findings to chemists and other scientists 

Water Chemist 

Water chemists are responsible for examining and maintaining water quality to ensure it is clean and safe for consumption and other uses. They study the presence of potential pollutants like chemicals in the water. 

Water chemists can take on a variety of roles. They perform tasks like ensuring that water processed at filtration plants is safe for use and investigating watershed or surface water contamination. Not only this, but they may evaluate ecosystems and develop or improve processes to get rid of contaminants from water.

Water chemists are also referred to as hydrologists, hydrogeologists, or water purification chemists. They work in the field and laboratories.

Pharmacologist 

Pharmacologists are concerned with researching and developing drugs and analyzing their interaction with the biological systems of humans and animals.

They study the chemical composition of drugs and play a vital role in ensuring that new drugs are safe and effective for use by conducting clinical trials on voluntary patients. After administering the drug, they closely monitor test subjects to determine its efficacy, adverse effects, and effective dosage. 

While their primary role is to find new and safe medicines, they may also be involved in testing the safety and hazards of pesticides, cosmetics, or food additives. Pharmacologists typically work in a lab setting for pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, universities, or government departments.

Geochemist

Geochemists study the earth using geology and chemistry. They collect and analyze samples of the earth’s natural resources, especially soil, rocks, and minerals, and examine their chemical structure. They may also develop plans to remove hazardous waste and improve water quality in natural water sites.

Geochemists typically find employment with oil companies, research institutions, and government and environmental agencies. They are required to travel for fieldwork studies and to visit job sites.

Hazardous Waste Management Specialist

As a chemist in hazardous waste management, you will work in a lab setting using your expertise to identify, monitor, and manage harmful chemical contaminants in the air, water, and soil.

You may be tasked with safely handling and relocating hazardous, highly toxic waste material using appropriate mechanisms to minimize its effects on humans, animals, and the overall environment. 

In addition, you may work to develop strategies for organizations to manage dangerous waste in a better and more efficient way.

There are various employers for which you may work. These include solid waste management departments of local governments or entities that produce large amounts of hazardous waste like industries, hospitals, or utilities.

In Summary

One of the most pertinent concerns for many undergraduate students is deciphering what they can do after graduating. From government departments and research institutes to pharmaceutical companies, a chemistry degree provides a wide range of rewarding employment opportunities across a broad range of sectors.

Posted by Emily Dawson on May 4, 2022 7:12 PM Europe/London

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