Chemistry can be defined as the study of matter – what it’s composed of and its structure, its properties, and how it reacts and changes when exposed to different situations. There is much overlap between chemistry and other science subjects. Chemical processes and the composition of elements play a large part in the study of living organisms and matter’s relationship to forces.
Many schools offer degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering, with some schools offering degree programs in environmental chemistry, or forensic chemistry. It’s very common for chemistry majors to attend graduate school after they complete their undergraduate studies. These graduates make great candidates for medical school, optometry school, dental school, pharmacy school, and veterinary school. Since chemistry majors develop strong research skills, they are also successful in law school, and many go on to work as patent lawyers.
The career trajectory of people with a Chemistry degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Chemistry degrees have experience in is Chemist, followed by Chemical Technician, Teacher, Scientist, Materials Scientist, Oncologist, Urologist, Forensic Science Technician, Graduate Teaching Assistant, and Agricultural and Food Science Technician.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Forensic Science Technician||2.0%||0.0%||55.0×|
|Graduate Teaching Assistant||1.9%||0.1%||14.9×|
|Agricultural and Food Science Technician||1.9%||0.0%||50.9×|
Chemistry graduates earn on average $39k, putting them in the 50th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$30k|
|Median (average earners)||$39k|
|75th (top earners)||$50k|
Chemistry graduates are moderately underemployed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Employment potential|
|Jobs that don't require college||67%|