Unfortunately the job market for chemists has been looking bleak in the last few years, especially for those with either a BS/BA or a Ph.D. while those with a masters degree have the highest labor demand in the industry and have the greatest earning potential. While you might think its odd that Pd.D's are having a hard time, it's true. Many with the highest academic achievement either don't have the particular subject matter expertise that is desired by a company, or a  business might think the candidate will be too expensive if a masters graduate can produce the same results.

If you are thinking about going to college for a chemistry bachelor's, the best advice we can give in this economy is to plan for a professional degree beyond your four years. Professional programs that often admit chemistry or biochemistry majors are within dental schools, pharmacy, or medical school. A lot of graduates don't realize that law school is a very compelling option for the chemistry graduate. Patent law especially is a rewarding career path and law schools will not hesitate to admit science majors. Yes, law school is not just for 4.0 GPA liberal arts majors, so please give this a serious consideration.

The purpose of this webpage isn't to ruffle any feathers, but to provide a basic look into the job market for chemistry professionals and new graduates, or even those considering a college option to peruse the current jobs offered through Indeed.

Example Job Titles: Lab technician, Chemist, Professor, Research Assistant, Chemical Engineer, Field Chemist, Scientist, Intern, Patent Examiner, Pharmaceutical Researcher,  Petroleum Chemist, Physical Scientist,  Interdisciplinary Engineer, Toxicologist, Medical technologist, Soil Scientist...

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Getting a job in the field of  chemistry, like any science, largely depends on the extent of a candidate's education level. For example, an individual with only an undergraduate degree like an associates, BS, or BA may be limited to career similar to that of a research assistant or laboratory technician while those with graduate degrees (M.S., or Ph.D.) have a significantly increased variety of opportunities available to them in academia, government, and high paying industries--pharmaceuticals/petroleum. These differences in education may also represent a huge gap in potential salary and benefits.  Getting a graduate degree in a science like chemistry also proves a job-seeker is capable of doing individual research, a highly rewarding professional skill if applied in the right industry (eg. Industry vs. Academia).

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