What Can You Do With a Major in Chemistry?


Chemistry major careers and jobs

Questions about the nature of life and how to preserve it have fascinated people throughout history. Chemistry is a major player in tackling those questions — looking for ways to feed the world's growing population, tapping into new sources of energy, improving health and fighting disease, and protecting the environment. As a chemistry major, the answers you find at the microscopic level will be important at the universal level.

These answers you’ll come to discover as an undergraduate will help you stand out among your peers when it comes time to find a job. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of materials scientists will increase by 7 percent between now and 2026. With the field’s constant technological innovations, the bureau reports that chemists will be in high demand for biotechnology firms because of the focus on research and development.

Jobs for chemistry majors

The following are just some of the many employers our chemistry majors work for:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Baxter Health Care
  • Marquette University
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Purdue University
  • S.C. Johnson
  • Sigma-Aldrich
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin Medical, Graduate and Law schools

Additional resources for careers in chemistry