Career Options

Careers for Chemistry Majors

  • Research Scientist
  • Research and Laboratory Technician
  • Educator
  • Environmental, Energy, or Health and Safety Researcher for the Government or Industry
  • Policy Maker for the Government
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Dentist, Physician, Veterinarian, or other Health Professional

Starting Salary*

The typical starting salary for a chemistry major is $45,860. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $74,210.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Job Titles of People with Chemistry Degrees

  • Director of Biomaterials Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital NMR Center
  • Senior Director of Business Development, Dynogen Pharmaceuticals
  • Supervisor of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, ABB Combustion Engineering Nuclear Operations
  • Research Scientist, D.E. Shaw Research, LLC
  • Senior Scientist in High Throughput Synthesis, PTC Therapeutics
  • Chemist, Xerox Corp.
  • Analytical Chemist, Validation Resources
  • Wine Chemist, Napa Valley
  • Chemical Engineer, Hewlett-Packard
  • Quality Control Chemist, Valvoline Oil
  • Chemist, Intel Corp.
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.