Pharmaceutical Chemistry Major - Career Outcomes

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

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.

For many—more than 50% of USciences graduates in chemical sciences—a degree leads to graduate or medical, dental or other professional schools.  You may pursue an advanced degree in science or engineering.  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.  You may also:

  • Solve problems in manufacturing or production in the chemical, food, cosmetics, or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Teach science in public or private schools, or, with further education, at a college or university.
  • Assure product quality and compliance with regulations.
  • Provide technical assistance to clients.
  • Pursue a law degree with a strong science background to work in patent litigation or on ethically sensitive cases.
  • Pursue a business degree with a strong science background to uniquely contribute to a corporate environment

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.