What Can I Do With A Major In Chemistry?

Approximately 100,000 chemists currently work in the U.S. The majority of these chemists are employed in manufacturing firms-mostly in the chemical manufacturing industry, which includes firms that produce plastics and synthetic materials, drugs, soaps and cleaners, paints, industrial organic chemicals, and other miscellaneous chemical products. Chemists also work for State and local governments, primarily in health and agriculture, and for Federal agencies, chiefly in the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture. Others work for research and testing services, and educational institutions.

Employment of chemists is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2005. In July 1997, the American Chemical Society reported that: "With overall unemployment in the U.S. at its lowest level since 1973, job status and salaries of chemists improved considerably after several rough years." Source: University of North Carolina at Wilmington Department of Chemistry.

The University of Montana Department of Chemistry offers both a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. The Bachelor of Science degree offers four options: Biological Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, and Pharmacology. Students can also choose to choose Chemistry as a minor. 

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Private and Non-Profit Organizations

Chemical Engineering
Oil and Petroleum
Materials Science

Government Agencies

Department of Defense
Food and Drug Administration
State Forensic Labs
National Research Laboratories
Health and Human Services

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