Quick Facts: Chemists and Materials Scientists
2021 Median Pay $79,760 per year 
$38.34 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2021 90,600
Job Outlook, 2021-31 6% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2021-31 5,700

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Aquinas College students pursuing chemistry majors and minors have forged successful careers in many areas including:

Chemistry majors enjoy nearly 100% employment after graduation. Approximately two-thirds of Aquinas chemistry graduates attend graduate school after leaving Aquinas. The remainder typically find jobs in the chemical industry or related fields within one year of graduation.


Internships and summer research programs for chemistry students are typically competitively paid positions, often including travel and housing allowances.

Explore careers and internships in Chemistry through the Advantage Center.

Graduate Schools

The AQ Chemistry Department has an excellent reputation in preparing students for graduate

schools such as:

  • North Carolina State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison


Make an appointment with Career Services to learn more.