Workers employed in the various fields of chemistry may perform such duties as analyzing organic and inorganic compounds to determine chemical and physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, and reactions; work with other scientists and engineers in developing various materials; prepare solutions and compounds for analysis, etc.  Chemistry is involved in some manner in just about everything in our daily lives.  Chemical field professionals are employed by corporations, health research facilities, environmental studies agencies, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and colleges and universities to name a few.  They may be scientists, researchers and technicians depending on their training and specialization.

Visit Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations to learn more about Chemistry: occupation description, interests, duties, skills, education/training, wages, job outlook, additional resources, similar jobs.

How to begin your career path at Jefferson:

 Jefferson Community College can help link you to a career in chemistry through its Associate in Science Mathematics & Sciences-Science Concentration.  With course work in biology, chemistry, mathematics and liberal arts, this degree will prepare students to transfer to a four year institution to continue study in this field.  Chemists have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of careers in research, allied health, pharmaceutical and laboratory settings.  Transfer opportunities exist at a wide variety of SUNY campuses and at private colleges and universities, such as St. Lawrence University, LeMoyne College, Clarkson University, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Binghamton, University of Buffalo, Upstate Medical Center, SUNY Albany, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Students should work closely with their faculty advisor and transfer counselor when considering their further educational plans.

Start at Jefferson/Transfer Opportunities:

Recommended Course Background

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Applications
  • English language arts
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Statistics
Meet a Professional
  • Alexandra Drelick
    At Advion, my job is to test the concentration of the drug in the body at any given timepoint. In my d