Although research and practical science are common positions for a chemist, there are numerous other career opportunities available. If you have a chemistry degree, consider these career options.
Common Career Choices
1. Chemical Information Management Specialist
A chemist can work as a chemical information management specialist at a library, market research firm, chemical company or a management consulting firm. The primary role of the chemical information management specialist is to organize chemical information. Organizing this information ensures it is readily available to students, industry professionals and researchers.
2. Chemistry Professor
If you enjoy teaching and instructing others, you should consider a position as a chemistry professor. Keep in mind that certification requirements vary from one state to the next and the majority of states require you to successfully pass a Chemistry Exam. You will also need to take a skills exam before you begin your career as a chemistry professor.
3. Industrial Chemist
Chemists within the industry sector usually work with a team; therefore, you must be able to communicate efficiently and effectively. If you choose to become a qualified iodine chemist, you can work for an industrial chemical supplier like Iodeal. Industrial chemical supply companies frequently hire qualified iodine employees to ensure the purity of their iodine and quality of their products.
4. Chemist at a Federal Agency
Federal agencies all over the country hire chemists to conduct research as well as handle public policy and regulatory affairs. These federal agencies include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you choose this career path, you need to be able to present your analysis and facts in such a way as to support your employer’s policies and agenda. In addition, you must be able to create a compelling case without distorting or omitting any of the facts.
If you are interested in a career assisting law enforcement, you may want to consider a career as a forensic scientist. You can also work for a pharmaceutical company that is actively discovering new drugs.
5. Chemist at a Nonprofit
Just as in the other sectors, nonprofit chemistry professionals work in research, communications, information technology and management. There are also other positions that require a chemist, positions that are unique to nonprofit organizations.
With a degree in chemistry, you can even become an entrepreneur. For instance, it is not uncommon for a university to provide faculty members the opportunity to commercialize processes or products that they have developed within the university’s laboratory. This process is referred to as technology transfer: Academic scientists often establish a business based on these discoveries. Moreover, chemists who already have experience in the industry frequently decide to become consultants. Working within the industry prior to starting your own business is beneficial because you can use your expertise and that of your connections as you begin to build your business.
Good luck on your career, and if you have any questions at all, contact Iodeal. We would love to inform you about the chemical supply industry.