Chemistry Careers

Discover the wide range of career options in the chemical sciences!

The employment world for chemical professionals can be divided into four main sectors: industry, academia, government, and entrepreneurship. Each sector has its own culture, values and expectations, though there is still tremendous variation within sectors. Knowing something about this can help you focus your employment search on the sector that best matches your personal values, interests and skills.

Increasingly, opportunities are arising in areas where the sectors overlap: industrial–academic research partnerships, government contracts for product or process development, technology transfer programs that allow university professors to form startup companies based on their discoveries, or consortia that involve three or four job sectors. Taking advantage of these opportunities requires an ability to work well and communicate in more than one environment.