Applied Chemical Science Career Opportunities

Professional prospects and work applications for graduates of the program:

When developing this new degree, corporate representatives and leaders in the industry were contacted to provide feedback about the curriculum and the employment prospects for potential graduates.

The objective of this non-thesis MS program is to provide an alternate pathway for students to complete an MS degree in chemistry or biochemistry that does not involve an in-depth research project and thesis. This degree option is intended for students whose personal interests or current work responsibilities lower the desirability of conducting the required research courses for the thesis-based MS degree, for example, undergrad students, non-traditional students, and employees of local industry who want to earn an MS degree for promotions.

Graduates from existing programs are extremely competitive in the job market. Biochemistry plays a vital role in medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry, and biodefense. Employment of biochemists is projected to grow eight percent over the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Texas Medical Center and the local industries have opportunities in biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceutical, forensics, and clinical laboratories and are constantly looking for qualified workers to serve in their offices and labs.

Career Opportunities for Graduates:

The employment areas for graduates are among government agencies, biotechnology units, chemical agencies, labs, chemical manufacturing units, oil industry, petroleum sector, pharmaceutical sector, heavy chemical firms etc.

With a Professional Science Master’s in Applied Chemical Sciences students will be prepared for a wide range of jobs in many settings:

  • Environmental science
  • Pharmaceutical industry / drug safety operations
  • Watershed, land use, and ecosystems organizations
  • Toxicology and risk assessment divisions
  • Entrepreneurship, start-up specialty chemical or pharmaceutical industry
  • Industrial biotechnology administration
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational chemistry
  • Project management
  • Business development for chemical industries
  • Technology transfer
  • Product marketing
  • Clinical and regulatory affairs
  • Clinical research analyst
  • Lab management/ analytical laboratory position

Chemistry Professional Associations

Professional Associations are a great source of information about internships, career pathways, conferences, scholarships, opportunities to meet people in your field, and a whole host of career-related topics. Usually associations will provide a discounted membership rate for students enrolled in college.

American Academy of Forensic Scientists

American Association for Clinical Chemistry<

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

American Chemical Society

American Hydrogen Association

American Institute of Chemists

American Oil Chemists’ Society

American Society for Testing and Materials

Association for Women in Science

Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers


Federation of American Scientists

Geochemical Society

The International Association for Science, Technology and Society

Royal Society of Chemistry Chemsoc Network

National Academy of Science

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science

Society of Chemical Industry

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

RSC's Chemical Science Network


American Academy of Physician Assistants

American Association for Clinical Chemists

American Dietetic Association

American Medical Writers Association

American Public Health Association

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science