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Careers in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Depending on the kind of undergraduate degree you choose, with a degree in chemistry or biochemistry you can work as research or laboratory assistants in government or industry; enter a professional school, such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, or law; or pursue graduate work in chemistry or a related field, such as biotechnology, biophysics, computer science, or chemical engineering. Other options include technical marketing, sales, or technical writing, or working as information specialists, computer programmers, or teachers. A graduate with an associate degree has expertise in equipment and laboratory techniques and is prepared to work as a chemical technician.

An excellent resource for more information about chemistry careers is through the American Chemical Society.

It's never too early to start thinking about your career in chemistry. Whether you plan to work in industry, go to graduate school or pursue a professional program, good planning and proper advisement are essential. In addition to coursework, you are strongly encouraged to become involved in a research project and/or internship in chemistry or another scientific field.

To find out about different areas of chemistry that might be interesting to pursue, attend any of the student, faculty, or guest speaker seminars in chemistry or related fields. Attending research conferences is another good way to find out more about chemistry and who's doing what. Look for flyers and advertisements for these on the chemistry bulletin boards, and in the chemistry student study lounge (060 Northside).

In addition, the Biology/Chemistry Club and the Physics club have activities such as field trips to local industries and museums, presentations by representatives of local industries, seminars and panel discussions on careers by former IUSB students, workshops on writing resumes and personal statements for graduate studies, and informational meetings by heads of admission of medical schools and graduate schools. Check flyers on the bulletin boards and in the chemistry student study lounge (060 Northside).

The chemistry faculty are interested in your career goals. Stop by the office of any faculty member to chat about career opportunities, how you can find out more, and what you can do to enhance your resume.