Chemistry Major - Career Outcomes

Careers for chemistry majors have grown far beyond the traditional chemicals-as-commodities industries. Thinking outside the box—and getting outside the lab—you’ll find rewarding positions in government regulations, data science, even law enforcement and the environment. Get a fresh look at this quickly advancing field, which includes research, manufacturing, and quality control.

Connect to a Changing World

Your chemistry major positions you to advance in concentrations that span from pharmaceuticals to cosmetics to forensics. For many—more than 60% of USciences graduates in chemical sciences—a degree leads to graduate or professional school, where you can enter academia or fields such as research and product development, green industries, or patent development.

Because USciences provides access to powerful computing technology and sophisticated lab equipment, you’ll be prepared for forward-facing work environments in fields such as cheminformatics (on the cutting edge of explorations in big data) or crystallography, with its use of imaging and modeling to develop computer chips, solar cells, and pharmaceuticals. As the American Chemical Society (ACS) points out, more Nobel Prizes have been awarded in crystallography than in any other field of science.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) estimates [2] that inexperienced new graduates with a chemistry major receive a median full-time starting salary of $42,000, and some of the highest salaries available in the government sector. The Bureau of Labor Statistics points to a mean annual wage of the mid-$70s for chemists in pharmaceutical manufacturing and the low $90s for those in research and development.

USciences Chemistry Program Contact

In this diverse field, you’ll have many options—and likely a lot of questions. You’re welcome to reach out to the chemistry program contact, Voki Pophristic, PhD, at 215-596-8551 or You can also get information and assistance from the USciences Office of Career Services at 215.596.8735.