Why Chemistry

As the study of elementary substances, a chemistry or biochemistry major forms the foundation of many different careers. In addition to the traditional chemistry laboratory, Chemistry and Biochemistry majors find job opportunities in:

  • Medical labs
  • Crime labs
  • Sales
  • Teaching
  • Manufacturing
  • Government

Many Chemistry and Biochemistry majors also enter into Health Fields including:

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry

According to the American Chemical Society, the median salary for a professional with a BS in Chemistry or Biochemistry is $36,700 with less than 12 months experience; salaries increase with both experience and education:

Median Annual Salaries

Based on Chemistry/Biochemistry Degrees

Prior Experience B.S. M.S. Ph.D.
Less than 12 months $36.7 $48.0 $60.0
12-36 months $38.6 $47.0 $70.0
More than 36 months $40.0 $64.0 $75.0
  • Source: ACS News, C&EN 2008
  • Median annual salaries $ in thousands, 2007 starting salaries