Different jobs will have different degree requirements. There is significant demand for the chemists and biochemists bearing the bachelors degree and with experience such individuals can rise to significant levels in most industries, particular with a strong commitment and excellent interpersonal skills. The highest entry-level positions generally require an MS and/or Ph.D., and these positions command generally higher entry-level salaries.Campus resources
UMBC's Career Services Center offers undergraduate and graduate Chemistry and Biochemistry Students resources and assistance at all stages of their academic carreer. From figuring out what you can do with your major, to getting help compiling a resume or CV and interviewing to finding a part-time job while on campus or full time professional employment, CSC can help. For more details on using the campus' online recruitment system, UMBCworks; to see who is coming to recruit science students this academic year; for individual help with your resume; or any other career related concern, visit CSC's website, make an appointment, or stop by during walk-in hours in Math/Psych 204, Monday through Friday from 2:00-4:00.
Furthering your education
Students should be aware, if they have an interest, that education toward advanced degrees (MS and Ph.D.) generally requires little financial commitment, as tuition costs are born by the Departments and modest but adequate stipend support is typically obtained as a teaching or research assistantship. Undergraduates should ask their major advisor about these possibilities if they have a strong interest.
As the Department at UMBC graduates students at all degree levels (BA, BS, MS and Ph.D.), UMBC chemistry/biochemistry alumni can be found in the whole spectrum of employments described above – from the pharmaceutical and food industries to investment houses and patent law offices to University faculties.
Application for membership to ACS
ACS web site on career opportunities and resources
The Department has copies of a CD produced by the ACS on traditional and non-traditional careers in chemistry that can be viewed in the tutorial center. This might be a useful starting point if you want some ideas about the variety of possibilities. Finally, no matter what level you are working at, your advisor or thesis mentor should be able to give you some help with thinking about careers. Don’t be too reticent consult them!! (After all, you’re going to have to start knocking on doors sometime if you’re serious about a career.)
Other Society’s offer employment services, typically
free to members, sometimes for a fee to non-members. The Biophysical
Society is one such opportunity:
Biophysical Society Placement Services
A range of career areas of relevance to individuals with a degree in chemistry.
Chemistry and Engineering News: Chem Jobs: Careers in Chemistry
Profiles of individual chemists including women chemists (2010).
Chemistry and Engineering News: Opportunities For B.S. and M.S.
A nice overview of where and how BS and MS chemists can find traditional and non-traditional jobs (2009).
Chemistry and Engineering News: Analytical Chemistry carreers
Chemists in Bio-fuel industries (2009).
Chemistry and Engineering News: Technicians Craft A Promising
A description of the roles of entry-level chemists in industry: the technician (2005).
Chemistry and Engineering News: Best Companies to Work for in Biotech
Career paths in biotech (2009).
Chemistry and Engineering News: Industrial Biotech Gains
The growing Biotech industry (2009).
An overview of employment and salaries (2008).
Chemistry and Engineering News: Class of 2009 Starting Salaries
A report on starting salaries for chemists of all degrees (2009).
Resources for finding a job (2005).
Stahl’s (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals) Powerpoint presentation
What to expect of jobs in the Biotechnology, as opposed to the Pharmaceutical, industry.
(not necessarily free and without endorsement)