Chemistry is a science focused on substances that compose matter, both living and inert.  Chemists study the properties and reactions of materials and how they react with one another, which often leads to new and exciting discoveries.  Aside from playing a major role in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, chemistry has a major impact on the business world, technology and the government.  A major in chemistry can lead to a variety of different co-op opportunities and careers in a wide assortment of functional areas including forensic science, biotechnology, scientific publishing, patent law, pharmaceuticals, marketing and green technologies among numerous others.

Job Titles

Anesthesiologist*Medical Technologist
Chemistry AnalystNutritionist*
Chemistry Teacher*Patent Lawyer*
Doctor*Research Scientist
Flavor/Fragrance ResearcherTechnical Writer
Food ScientistTechnician
Forensic Scientist*Veterinarian*
Laboratory Technician

Positions that may require additional education, training or licensing are indicated by an (*).

Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interest as possible, including co-op and internships.


This is a limited sample of employers who have posted jobs on NUcareers; please note, that they may not currently have positions posted.
Boston Children’s HospitalNano-C
Integrated Resources, Inc.Skin Pathology Laboratory


This is a sample of the industries that often hire this major:
BiotechnologyHigher Education
Chemical EngineeringLaw
Environmental ManagementPetrochemicals
Flavors, Fragrances and CosmeticsPharmaceuticals Publishing
Government: Local, State and FederalScientific and Lab Reseach
Health Care

Internships and Co-ops

These sample titles can be used to research internship opportunities:

  • Chemistry/Material Science Intern
  • DNA Chemistries Intern
  • Medical Technologist Intern
  • Operations Intern
  • Processing Intern
  • Research Assistant

Use, or other internship sites to search for openings.

For more information, please visit the department’s website.

Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studiesmay click here for co-op and internship information.


Websites for Career Exploration

Career Development Videos

Careers in Clean Energy

Careers in Food Justice

Careers in Forensics:  Part 1

Careers in Forensics:  Part 2

Careers in Forensics:  Part 3

Careers in Forensics:  Part 4

Careers in Forensics:  Part 5

Careers in Forensics:  Part 6

Careers in Public Health, Part 1

Careers in Public Health, Part 2

Careers in Public Health 1

Careers in Public Health 2

Careers in Public Health 3

Careers in Public Health 4

Careers in Public Health 5

Using Your Science Degree in Business

Websites for Job Search

Campus Organizations & Activities

Professional Associations

Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professional networking opportunities.

 Social Media

Sample industry specific LinkedIn groups. Stay on top of industry trends, company information, job listings and networking opportunities. Visit the Social Media and LinkedIn pages for more information on how to leverage your social media network.