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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.

Careers in Research Chemistry

Among the most fascinating science careers with a chemistry degree are those that involve research including the chemical industry, health care, analytical services, environmental consulting, government lab, academia, the electronics industry, biotechnology and more. Upon graduation, students find the options for careers with a chemistry degree to be well paying, specialized, and immediately available.

Florida Tech offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Research Chemistry, excellent for a career in research chemistry or other scientific occupations. You are also well prepared for graduate or doctoral programs.

Career Outlook

Research chemistry jobs are among those available to those interested in finding careers with a chemistry degree. The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides detailed information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook. It also includes specific information for Florida Tech grads with a degree in research chemistry.

Those who seek careers with a chemistry degree can look forward to such jobs as:

  • Chemist and Material Scientist
  • Chemistry Teacher, Postsecondary
  • Biochemist and Biophysicist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Flavorist (Flavor Chemist)
  • Chemical Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Environmental Scientist and Specialist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Physician (after medical school)
  • Surgeon (after medical school)

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

Entry-level salaries for students with degrees in chemistry are reported by PayScale.com to be $44,000 with further earning potential to $87,500. PayScale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation.

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

Florida Tech Graduates Are Widely Recruited

Among those organizations recruiting graduates for careers with a chemistry degree are:

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

High Demand for Research Chemistry Graduate Programs Across the Country

Florida Tech Research Chemistry degree graduates are in high demand not only in the real world but at graduate school programs across the country. Many Florida Tech undergraduates continue their studies in graduate programs at such illustrious institutions as:

  • Columbia University
  • Emory University
  • MIT
  • Ohio State University
  • Princeton University
  • University of Florida
  • University of North Carolina

For those thinking of looking at one of the careers with a chemistry degree, the Florida Tech Bachelor of Science Degree in research chemistry is a foundation upon which a professional future can be built.