Pharmaceutical Chemistry Major - Career Outcomes

Join the groundbreaking teams designing and delivering individualized treatments that get results. Your rewarding career path may include roles with pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and entrepreneurial or medical enterprises. You could also advance and earn a graduate degree, which can lead to even greater compensation opportunities.

Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Cures

Pharmaceutical chemists are in the exciting position of being able to help prevent, cure, and relieve symptoms of diseases—the big motivation behind choosing this career path.

Intersecting with multiple fields, including biochemistry, organic chemistry, toxicology, and others, pharmaceutical chemistry offers success to those with a strong scientific grounding and an innovative perspective. You may choose to enter fields such as government regulations, research and development, or quality control—employment sectors that have traditionally been in demand. Or you may gravitate to growing areas such as data science, intellectual property, and technology transfer.

With a median annual income of $112,000, a career related to pharmaceutical chemistry is financially rewarding, it is fulfilling in other ways as well. The job market within larger pharmaceutical companies is always shifting—with both promising and challenging results for job seekers. Small companies, startups, and entrepreneurial ventures can offer exciting opportunities with their own variety of benefits.

USciences Career Services

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, or get information and assistance from the USciences Office of Career Services at 215-596-8735.