Chemistry and Biochemistry

Overview

Chemistry is a science focused on substances that compose matter, both living and inert.  Chemists study the properties and reactions of materials and how they react with one another, which often leads to new and exciting discoveries.  Aside from playing a major role in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, chemistry and biochemistry have a major impact on the business world, technology and the government.  A major in chemistry or biochemistry can lead to a variety of different co-op opportunities and careers in a wide assortment of functional areas including forensic science, biotechnology, scientific publishing, patent law, pharmaceuticals, marketing and green technologies among numerous others.

Job Titles

Anesthesiologist* Professor
Doctor* Food Scientist
Technical Writer Forensic Scientist*
Veterinarian* Laboratory Technician
Chemistry Teacher Dentist*
Nutritionist* Medical Technologist
Chemistry Analyst Patent Lawyer*
Technician Research Scientist
Flavor/Fragrance Researcher

Positions that require additional education or training are indicated by a (*).
Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interest as possible, including Co-op and internships.

Employers

Biotechnology Firms Law Firms
Hospitals Chemical Engineering Firms
Colleges and Universities Non-Profit Organizations
Environmental Management Firms Perfumes and Cosmetic Companies
Energy Companies Petrochemicals Companies
Forensic Labs Pharmaceutical Companies
Publishing Government Agencies, including: Food & Drug Administration, FBI, CIA, State Department, Textiles and Dye Companies, Environmental Protection Agency, IRS

Internships

These sample titles can be used to research internship opportunities in the field.

  • Chemistry/Material Science Intern
  • DNA Chemistries Intern
  • Medical Technologist Intern
  • Operations Intern
  • Processing Intern 
  • Research Assistant

To search for internship opportunities, log in to HuskyCareerLink, Career Services’ online job and internship bank for opportunities with employers seeking to hire NU students.

Co-ops

For more information, please visit the department’s website.

Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies may click here for co-op and internship information.

Resources

The following resources include various websites and campus resources that will aid you in exploring this career field and industry. 

Career & Job Websites

 

Campus Organizations & Activities

 

Professional Associations

Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professionals in the field you may contact for informational interview requests and networking opportunities.

 

Social Media

Sample LinkedIn.com Groups providing resources such as industry trends, company information, job listings, and networking opportunities within
the field:

To search for internship opportunities, log in to HuskyCareerLink, Career Services’ online job and internship bank for opportunities with employers seeking to hire NU students.