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Career Opportunties in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Career and Post Gradaute Opportunities in Chemistry

Between five and eight students graduate from Pitt-Johnstown with a degree in Chemistry each year.  Most of them participate in undergraduate research while a chemistry major.  Over half of our majors enter gradaute programs in chemistry or related fields. A few go on to professional programs in the health sciences. Some choose to enter the workforce upon graduation. Of the ones who choose graduate school over half wind up with jobs in the chemical industry or the service sector. The students who did research report that their experience was instrumental in obtaining a job or succeeding in graduate school.

Students who graduate with a certificate in secondary education Chemistry have been very successful in obtaining jobs teaching high school chemistry.

Jobs in Industry

Pitt-Johnstown Chemistry graduates have been very successful in securing positions in industry.  Some have pursued gradaute degrees (M.S. and Ph. D.) before assuming positions in industry. Others have gone directly into the work force after graduation from Pitt-Johnstown. 

Jobs in Academia

Another route our graduates take is to follow in the foot steps of their professors.  This route involves graduate study (Ph.D.) and sometimes a post-doctoral position as well.  Some have become professors at major universities with graduate programs while others have chosen to teach a smaller schools -- similar to Pitt-Johnstown. 

Graduate and Professional School

Approximately half of the Chemistry graduates go on to pursue graduate study in chemistry. Some choose careers in academia, however many choose to work in industry. Similarly some of our graduates continue on to professional programs in medicine.

Learn more about career opportunties in chemistry

The web sites of the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provide a wealth of information on career opportunities in Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Last Reviewed: March 11, 2008