After Graduation

a man and woman working in a chemistry labA BS degree in chemistry provides a number of opportunities, which could include a real job, or going back to school for additional study. The following is some information related to these paths, and how chemistry can prepare you.

Career Possibilities

Chemists often refer to chemistry as the central science, because chemistry plays a vital role in nearly every other scientific field. As a result, a degree in chemistry can prepare students for a wide variety of careers, some of which you may have never considered. Our Careers in Chemistry page lists jobs in industry, academia, government, and other fields; here’s a quick summary: 

Graduate Study in Chemistry

a woman working in a chemistry labMany careers in chemistry require, or offer more opportunity, with advanced degrees (MS or PhD). Students who complete the BS degree in chemistry or biochemistry are prepared for admission to graduate programs in chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, and other related fields. Because of the shortage of American students pursuing advanced degrees in science, there are numerous opportunities for students to attend graduate school. The best part is that graduate students in the sciences typically receive a stipend, which will range from $20,000-30,000 a year. In addition, most departments will waive tuition and most fees to graduate students. The stipends and tuition waivers are offered in exchange for students working as teaching assistants or research assistants.

Graduate Study in Other Fields

While many chemistry majors will go on to graduate school in chemistry, some may seek out other fields in order to prepare themselves for careers in fields related to chemistry, including medicine, veterinary medicine, engineering, physics, and biochemistry.