Post-Undergraduate Job Options for Chemists

So you’re a chemist and didn’t go to grad school? Yeah, me neither. I graduated with my Bachelor’s 18 months ago and could not be happier with my decision to enter Industry rather than pursue a higher degree. While I will always be an academic at heart, I’ve learned that I enjoy working much more than being a student 24/7. The challenge of growing my career, learning on-the-job skills, and having a well rounded work-life balance are the most appealing aspects of working in industry. And I will admit, I have given serious thought to pursuing grad school, I want to spend more time working in my industry to see which areas I am specifically interested in.

With the year coming to an end I’m examining my blog’s scope and am wanting to expand the #PolishedProfessionals posts to include professional development. I thought I would start by sharing a list of career options and jobs for chemists who enter industry post-undergraduate. 

  • Formulation Chemist
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Junior Chemist
  • Bench Chemist
  • Lab Technician (general and can apply to unlimited industry’s)
  • Microbiologist Technician
  • R&D Technician
  • Technical Sales and/or Marketing
  • Regulatory Affairs 
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • State Government Job
  • Analytical Chemist

All of these jobs can be applied to literally so many different industries! For example, my first position out of college was as a QC technician. I worked for a dental product’s manufacturers which introduced me to the world of manufacturing – which literally runs the world. I personally have found that I love manufacturing because you can learn so many different positions within one company, develop professional skills, and getting promoted in manufacturing isn’t as competitive as other industry’s. 

I hope this list is helpful for anyone who may be beginning their job search as or deciding if pursuing chemistry can really land you a job. I can promise you that if you apply yourself, the career options are endless! Remember, employers, want to hire you because of your training not because of how good you can perform extractions of NMR analysis. Companies want to hire chemists because of the way their mind is analytical, curious and always searching for answers. 

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