Careers for Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, and Marine Biology Majors

This week’s CAS Careers post provides career planning resources for students majoring in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, and Marine Biology. After the break, you’ll find some brief information on what you can do with your major after graduation, along with statistics on salary ranges and links to other helpful resources.

Careers in Chemistry

Studying Chemistry or Biochemistry at AU prepares you for a range of fields which require research skills and highly technical knowledge. Your Chemistry or Biochemistry degree also allows you to cogently express complex scientific and technical information. Other professional skills you offer to prospective employers include:

Chemistry:

  • The ability to understand and communicate complex scientific concepts
  • Knowledge of chemical development, analysis, modification, and replication
  • Creative approaches to improving industrial processes
  • Experience testing products to ensure they meet specifications
  • The ability to identify contaminants in food, products, air, and water
  • The ability to think critically about chemical applications for issues in industry, agriculture, mining, medicine, and space exploration
  • The ability to develop and test original hypotheses through rigorous experimentation

Biochemistry:

  • Knowledge of organisms and their habitats
  • Experience gathering and interpreting scientific data
  • The ability to think critically about complex issues in the life sciences, health, and conservation
  • The ability to apply scientific knowledge to solve problems
  • Experience analyzing objects, fluids, and gases to obtain clinical information, and testing products to see if they meet specifications

 

Here is a brief list of some popular careers in Chemistry, along with their national median salary*:

Chemist (entry level)

$47,000

Medical Laboratory Technician

$42,000

Chemical Technician

$39,400

Chemistry Instructor

$43,000

*Data collected from salary.com

 

Here is a brief list of some popular careers Biochemistry majors have found success in, along with their national median salary*:

Clinical Data Specialist

$62,300

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

$60,200

Clinical Research Associate

$58,000

Biotechnology Research Associate (entry level)

$39,700

Biochemist

$46,500

*Data collected from salary.com

 

Visit our Career Resource Library and check out some of our books on careers in Chemistry/Biochemistry:

 

Here are a few websites with information on careers in Chemistry:

 

For a full list of relevant websites, other career options, and books in our Career Resource Library related to Chemistry, visit this site. For Biochemistry, check out this page.

 

Careers in Biology and Marine Biology

Your degree in Biology or Marine Biology provides you with an expansive knowledge of organisms and their habitats, and also with proven experience in gathering and interpreting scientific data. The high level of precision required in your courses translates into a highly desirable skill which you can use in your future career. Other professional skills you offer to prospective employers include:

  • The ability to develop and test original hypotheses through rigorous experimentation
  • The ability to cogently express complex scientific and technical information
  • Experience using scientific methods and instruments
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • An aptitude for applying scientific knowledge to solve problems in agriculture, conservation, forestry, industry, medicine, and other critical areas

 

 

Here is a brief list of some popular careers in Biology and Marine Biology, along with their national median salary*:

Zoologist

$65,200

Quality Control Analyst

$42,200

Biologist (entry level)

$44,900

Botanist

$60,700

*Data collected from salary.com

 

Visit our Career Resource Library and check out some of our books on careers in Biology and Marine Biology:

 

Here are a few websites with information on careers in Biology/Marine Biology:

 

For a full list of relevant websites, other career options, and books in our Career Resource Library related to Biology and Marine Biology, visit this site.

 

If you’re majoring in any of the science fields discussed in this post, and would like some more personalized information on your career options, schedule an appointment with Career Advisor Sue Gordon. Also, feel free to stop by our CAS drop-in hours, which are held every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 next to the entrance to TDR.

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