A degree in Chemistry can lead you to many fulfilling careers, especially when your specific science skills are combined with the well-rounded studies of a liberal arts degree.
Chemistry is fundamental and prepares individuals for the real world. While chemistry is not normally perceived as glamorous, it is definitely suitable for those with “inquiring minds” who want to work independently or in a team to observe, reason, and solve problems in our fast-paced, ever-changing, progressive 21st century world.
After receiving your undergraduate degree, you will be prepared for an entry-level position in a specific career in any of the five major divisions of chemistry (physical, inorganic, organic, analytical, and environmental) or you will be prepared to pursue a higher academic degree in preparation for teaching and management positions.
WHERE CHEMISTRY MAJORS WORK
POSSIBLE DIRECT EMPLOYERS
POSSIBLE INDIRECT OCCUPATIONS
As they say, all things are relative. The salary range for chemistry majors is no exception.
Depending on the type of position, the level of education, the industry, and the geographic location, an individual can expect to earn median wage of $66.2k according to the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11.
Those individuals working outside the traditional chemistry-intense occupations will earn wages typical to the particular chosen field.
IN AKRON AREA
Evaluates chemical/physical properties of various organic/inorganic substances to investigate applications to medicine/other industries.
Requires bachelor's degree and 0-2 years experience in field/related area. Has knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within particular field. Relies on instructions/pre-established guidelines to perform functions of job. Works under immediate supervision. Primary job functions do not typically require exercising independent judgment. Typically reports to supervisor/manager and can expect annual median wage of $45k.
Requires bachelor's degree and 2-4 years of experience in field/related area. Familiar w/standard concepts, practices, procedures within particular field. Relies on limited experience/judgment to plan/accomplish goals. Performs variety of tasks. Works under general supervision; typically reports to a supervisor/manager and can expect to earn annual median income of $54k. A certain degree of creativity/latitude is required.
Requires graduate degree and 4-6 years experience in field/related area. Familiar w/variety of field's concepts, practices, procedures. Relies on experience/judgment ot plan/accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. Typically reports to supervisor/manager and can expect to earn an annual median income of $67.7k. A wide degree of creativity/latitude is expected.
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