Chemistry Career Guide

Explore Options: A Menu of Major-Specific Experiences and Sampling of Related Career Paths

Academic Resources

Explore Chemistry academic resources designed to support your academic goals.

Curriculum Guide

Chemistry Department

CLAS Advising Center

What Can I Do With This Major?

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Feeling like you don't know what to do with all of this great information? We highly encourage to make an appointment with your academic advisor and career advisor. Another great starting point is the Self-Guided Career Exploration Tool.

Career Resources

Unlock career potential in Chemistry! Discover resources to maximize your professional trajectory.

Career Assessment - PathwayU

Jobs via Handshake

Chemistry Job Feed

Career Communities

Menu of Experiences

Sample Chemistry Internship Sites

Internships provide an environment for you to gain hands-on, supervised experience. You'll apply the concepts you are learning in the classroom to a work environment while boosting your resume! Past internship sites include:

More Info on Internships

Join a Student Organization

Get involved with a student organization related to your major. Student orgs are a great way to get connected and explore career options!

Student Organizations

Relevant Courses and Certificates for Building Skills

Developing relevant skills that employers seek is an essential component of a student's education. GVSU students should consider elective courses and certificates that pair with their major to gain additional skills.

Great Electives to Consider

Community Service Opportunities

Seek volunteer opportunities related to the field you're exploring as a way of testing out future careers.

The Civic Engagement Center keeps a list of current volunteer opportunities updated on their website. There are ongoing opportunities on a continuous basis, as well as on-campus and off-campus opportunities posted as they become available.

Civic Engagement Center

Chemistry Study Abroad

Through study abroad you’ll also set yourself apart from other job-seekers and graduate-school applicants in an increasingly competitive market.

Borders are virtually meaningless in this early 21st century global economy. As a future graduate with a Chemistry major or minor degree, you will be confronting global issues and will work in internationally-operated companies. "Wake up and face the earth!" T. Friedman advised us in his bestseller ‘The World is Flat’.

Chemistry Study Abroad Info

Undergraduate Scholar Engagement

Pursuing academic, creative, and research experiences and projects outside the classroom is an excellent way to learn new skills and build a body of work in your field.

The Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement (CUSE) provides opportunities for undergraduate research and scholarship.

Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement

Chemistry Career Spotlights

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Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Quality Control – PPG Industries
  • Material Chemist – Steelcase
  • Product Quality Auditor – Tekton Inc
  • Quality Technician – Amway
  • Pharmacy Operations Manager – Priority Health
  • Research Assistant – Spectrum Health
  • Analytic Chemist – Perrigo
  • Physician Assistant – Spectrum Health
  • Quality Operations Specialist – Pfizer
  • New Business Development Manager – Dow Chemical
  • Customer Service Manager – Consumer Energy
  • Volatile Organics Lab Tech – ALS Environmental
  • Sales Rep – Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Developer – Tesa Tape
  • Middle School Teacher – Zeeland Public School
  • Sales Support – Aal Chem
  • Medical Student – Michigan State University
  • Brewer/Cellarman – New Holland Brewing
  • Senior Patent Agent – McGarry Bain PC
  • Metallurgical Lab Tech – Jedco Company Aerospace Engineering

Attend Events

Career Community- STEM

Employer Showcase: UFP Industries

February 28, 2024 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Stop by the Mackinac Hall Pod, First Floor anytime between 9:30am and 2pm to meet representatives from UFP Industries! Students can stop by for a casual conversation with professionals...

JCPenney Suit Up - Winter 2024

March 24, 2024 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

All Grand Valley students and alumni are invited to attend a GVSU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event! This event will include options to participate virtually or in-person. In-person: Come to JCPenney at RiverTown...

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Consider joining the STEM Career Community or any other Career Community you are interested in!

Beyond Undergraduate: Graduate or Professional Programs

Students with a Chemistry degree may continue on to a variety of graduate programs. Here are some examples of pathways students may pursue:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Quality Control Chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis

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Watch Videos of Professionals Working in this Field

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Career Center Resources

Looking for other career resources? The Career Center Resources page contains resources related to careers, resumes, internships, job search, interviewing, networking, and more.  

Page last modified February 7, 2024