On this page you will find information about careers pursued by Chemistry majors, skills Chemistry majors develop and career-related Web sites relevant to the major. Visit the department page to learn more about the Chemistry program.


It is important to remember that your major does not determine what your career will be. With a liberal arts education, YOU, not your major, will determine your career path.

Example job titles of Dickinson alumni who majored in Chemistry include:

  • Biochem Toxicologist
  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon
  • Environmental Data Manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Toxicology Manager

Career-Related Skills

  • Problem Solving: Chemistry majors use logic, scientific thinking and knowledge of natural laws to solve problems.
  • Observation & Analysis: Majors understand the composition, structure, properties, and transformations of natural and man-made substances.
  • Technical Knowledge: Knowledge of the laboratory and computer controlled equipment is developed, along with expertise in setting up, standardizing and using scientific instruments.

Career-Related Web Sites

Chemistry Career Information - Offers links to career options for chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering.  

Chemistry Solutions - Offers chemistry career options and links to engineering resources on the web.  

ChemCenter - Search links on building a chemistry career, review journals and magazines, or search chemistry databases.  

The Career Planning Center for Beginning Scientists and Engineers - Sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council.  

Nature - Conduct a job search, or explore employer profiles, the international grants finder, and career and recruitment features.  

Science Professional - Conduct a job search, research company profiles, or browse career links.  

Chem Jobs - Career resource Web site for the chemical community and the place for chemistry-related career development resources.  

Chemistry & Industry Magazine - Search the job database or register to receive email job alerts.  

Chemist Careers - Learn all about the opportunities in the field of chemistry.  

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center American Institute of Chemical EngineersAcademic Info : Chemistry

Health-Related Web Sites for Chemistry Majors

MDapplicants.com - A commercial web site that allows you to assess your chances of med school admissions by searching a database of medical school applicants and viewing where they were accepted. Although the database is somewhat small, this site may be worth a look.  

Northeast Assoc of Advisors for the Health Professions - This site provides links to a number of associations representing medical, osteopathic, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary schools.  

The Student Doctor - This commercial web site provides information and resources for applicants to medical school as well as current medical students. A particularly useful section provides feedback from applicants who have actually interviewed at specific medical schools.  

A commercial web site with the interesting title of "Alex's Illicit Guide to Medical School Admissions." This site contains some useful information and links.  

Medical Organizations for Chemistry Majors

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Dental Association

Associations of American Medical Colleges

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Major Pharmaceutical Firms with positions in research, sales, and management

Abbott Laboratories



Bausch & Lomb

Bristol-Myers Squibb


Eli Lilly


Johnson & Johnson



Proctor & Gamble


sanofi aventis

Major Chemical Manufacturing Corporations

Air Products & Chemicals

Avery Dennison

BASF Catalysts



Chemtura Corporation (formerly Crompton Corporation) 

Cristal Global

Cytec Industries

Dow Chemical


Eastman Chemical



H.B. Fuller


IMC Global Lubrizol

Lyondell Chemical


National Starch & Chemical Company


PPG Industries


Rohm & Haas


Scotts Company





W.R. Grace 

For additional career resources and links, please visit the Job Search Web Link page.