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Florida Tech UTEACHThinking about teaching as a possible career?

Florida Tech's UTeach program allows you to take a dual degree in this program plus STEM Education, so you'll graduate ready for graduate school, a high-tech job or a rewarding teaching career.

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Florida Tech Fiske Guide to CollegesFlorida Tech is one of just nine public and private schools in Florida recognized by the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges. The Fiske Guide places Florida Tech in the "inexpensive" category for private schools and lists it under the heading, "Engineering/Top Technical Institutes."

Check out more of Florida Tech's rankings and accolades.

Incredible Alumni

Florida Tech AlumniFlorida Tech alumni number more than 50,000!

They include the first female four-star general, Ann E. Dunwoody, and dozens of other military officers; a National Teacher of the Year, Tracey Bailey; the director of a NASA center; five astronauts who have flown on the space shuttle; an Olympic medalist; and a major league pitcher among thousands of engineers, scientists, pilots, entrepreneurs, and more.

Chemistry Degree Offers Diverse Career Opportunities

Chemistry is a diverse field of study that ultimately provides career opportunities in environmental science, biotechnology, forensic science, medicine, agriculture, materials science, energy and more.

For those students who want to explore the mysteries of disease, aid in the development of life-sustaining pharmaceuticals, or discover chemical counter-measures for biological threat agents, chemistry is exactly the right field of study. A Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Florida Tech prepares you for a chemistry career so you can explore the multitude of questions about our world and the chemical processes that make life possible.

Career Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. The handbook reports the following job diversity a chemistry career provides:

  • Chemist and Material Scientist
  • Chemistry Teacher Postsecondary
  • Biochemist and Biophysicist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Food Scientist or Flavorist (Flavor Chemist)
  • Chemical Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialist
  • Medical Scientist

According to the handbook, employment for chemists is expected to continue to grow through 2020, especially for individuals who obtain their Ph.D., as large pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms continue to look for experienced chemists to fill senior research positions.

Whether you enter the workforce immediately after graduation to begin your chemistry career, or upon successful completion of a graduate or doctoral degree program, a chemistry degree from Florida Tech is the first step (even if medical school is in your plans.)

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

Entry-level salaries for students with degrees in chemistry are reported by PayScale.com to be $44,700 with further earning potential to grow to $87,500.

Other careers with a chemistry degree also provide good salary potential such as:

Agricultural and food scientists: $44,000 – $81,100
Environmental scientists: $47,900 – $89,700
Medical scientists: $54,900 – $90,640
Chemical engineers: $67,500 – $111,000

PayScale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation.

Florida Tech Grads in High Demand for Graduate School

A large percentage of our students attend graduate school at outstanding institutions such as:

  • Columbia University
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Princeton University
  • University of Florida
  • Auburn University
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Texas

Who's Hiring Florida Tech Graduates?

No matter when you begin your chemistry career, employers will be waiting. Florida Tech alums have been recruited by companies such as:

  • Florida Solar Energy Center
  • Merck & Co.
  • Motorola
  • NASA
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Sherwin Williams

The employment outlook and salaries for a chemistry career are excellent. No matter what chemistry career you choose, a degree from Florida Tech will prepare you to enter the workplace.