Currently in demand, chemistry majors can expect a wide variety of career choices with good salaries and low unemployment rates. Immediately after graduation, approximately half of our students enter industry, business, or government agencies where employment usually involves laboratory testing or research. Examples are:
- Environmental analysis
Opportunities do not stop here because half of the chemists employed in these areas are involved in management, production, sales, and marketing.
Some of our students complement the undergraduate chemistry degree with a teaching certificate and pursue careers in secondary education. We encourage our students to take additional courses in business, computer science, environmental science, foreign languages, and other disciplines to build skills that complement their degree in Chemistry. Others use their strong chemical background in nontraditional areas such as:
- Science writing
- Scientific computing
- Mass communications
- Library and information science
A chemistry degree from Shippensburg University also provides access to graduate and professional schools. Half of our students pursue an advanced education. They enroll in programs that lead to careers in university teaching and research, toxicology, forensics, patent and environmental law, as well as health-related professions such as medicine and dentistry.
Annual salaries in PA in chemistry-related jobs range from $30,000 to $71,000.