Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Chemistry Jobs

A Penn State Behrend chemistry education will provide the background and experience necessary for careers in biochemistry, chemical education, chemical sales and marketing, energy resources, environmental science, forensic chemistry, industrial chemistry, material science and nanotechnology, pharmaceutical synthesis and sales, polymer and organic synthesis, and for admission to medical and other professional schools.

An advanced degree will allow you to pursue an academic or research career in chemistry. Penn State Behrend chemistry graduates have been admitted to top graduate schools, including the University of California at Berkeley, Dartmouth, the University of North Carolina, Texas A&M, the University of Florida, Ohio State, the University of Kansas, and SUNY Buffalo.

Who Hires Chemistry Majors?

Employers of recent Behrend graduates include Pyramid Laboratories, Bridgestone Americas, LORD Corporation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute; recent graduates also entered doctoral programs at North Carolina State University, Penn State, and Princeton University, among others.

Alumni with more experience include conservation research scientists, product development scientists, field chemists, physicians, pharmacists, university professors, quality engineers, and technical managers. 

Career Planning

Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system that will help you to identify and achieve your goals for the college classroom and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester. 

Internships and Co-ops

Students in the School of Science can incorporate an internship experience into their academic program. These professional, career-related experiences in an organizational setting are valuable for a student's professional career development, and students may receive academic credit that applies to their degree program.

In addition, Penn State's Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education Program provides an excellent opportunity for Penn State Behrend students to integrate academic study with relevant experience in the workplace through alternating semesters of work and study.

If you are a student looking for more information on co-op and internship listings and how to apply, please contact your advisor or the Academic and Career Planning Center.