Chemistry

Transferable Skills that Chemistry majors develop:
In addition to the specific subject matter that Chemistry majors learn, they acquire many skills that can easily transfer to any subject matter.  The following is a list of transferable skills that Chemistry majors develop:
Developing theories
Mastering new techniques by independent study
Designing and conducting research projects
Persistence  
Utilizing formulas
Processing and analyzing data
Working independently and in groups
Computer literacy
Breadth of scientific and mathematical knowledge
Observing objectively
Problem solving
Communicating orally and in writing

Possible job titles for Chemistry majors:
Biochemist
Chemical Engineer
Dentist
Environmental Scientistsp
FDA Inspector
Health Care/Hospital Administrator
Lab Technician
Nutritionist
Pharmacist
Pharmaceutical Analyst
Physician
Professor
Psychiatrist
Quality Control Officer
Secondary Teacher
Soil Scientist
Surgeon
Technical Sales Representative
Technical Service Representative
Technical Writer 

Types of employers:
Business and Industry
Chemical Companies 
Consulting Firms
Educational Institutions 
Engineering Firms
Food Products Companies 
Hospitals
Manufacturing & Processing Firms
Mining Companies 
National Laboratories
Newspapers and Magazines 
Petroleum Refineries 
Pharmaceutical Companies 
Research and Development Firms
State Environmental Laboratories
State Forensic Laboratories
Technical Journals
Textile Manufacturers

Resources in the Career Library:
Great Jobs for Chemistry Majors
, by Mark Rowh
Opportunities in Chemistry Careers, by John H. Woodburn
Careers in Science, by Thomas A. Easton
Peterson's Job opportunities for Health and Science Majors
The JobBank Guide to Health Care Companies,
Steven Graber, ed.
Alternative Careers in Science, Cynthia Robbins-Roth, ed. 

Visit the HSC Chemistry Department's Website!

Other sources of information:  
Career counselors, alumni, and faculty members are great resources.  Visit the Career Development Office early and often, and talk to professors in your major and related fields.  Ask at the Careers Office for help locating Hampden-Sydney alums in career fields that interest you and set up informational interviews with them.  Professional associations are excellent sources of career and employment information, and many of them have websites.  Surf the internet, keeping in mind that many colleges and universities have websites for their Career Centers and for each academic major.  Many of these sites include career and employment information as well as links to other useful websites. Contact the following organizations and websites for more information:

American Chemical Society

American Institute of Chemists

Davidson College Chemistry Dept.

American Association for the Advancement of Science