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2016 Chemistry Dinner

Chemistry: Career Potential

A degree in chemistry may be an asset in many careers. The Department of Chemistry at Hofstra University prepares students for graduate school and careers in a variety of fields, including education, forensic science, law, medicine, nutrition, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and research.

Although graduates with a BA or a BS in chemistry are qualified to enter the workforce, some careers require a master's or a doctoral degree. If your eventual goal is to become a physician, a scientist or to work in higher education, graduate work needs to be part of your plan.

Among 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates who majored in natural sciences and mathematics, 99% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in natural sciences and mathematics and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $40,000.

Examples of companies where our recent graduates are working:

  • Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
  • Indiana State Department of Toxicology
  • New Hampshire State Police Forensic Lab
  • Craftmaster Flavor Technology
  • Sustainable Innovations, Inc.
  • Applied Forensics
  • Inova Mount Vernon: Joints Rehabilitation
  • Long Beach City School District

Some examples of positions our alumni have held:

  • Analytical Chemist, L’Oreal
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Chemist, CSS Dynamac
  • Chemist, Estée Lauder
  • Chief Resident in Anesthesiology, Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Doctor, Emergency Medicine, North Shore-LIJ University Hospital
  • Educator at Freedom Academy Charter School (NJ)
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Patent Lawyer
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Wistar Institute
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate at The Scripps Research Institute
  • Professor
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Scientist at Merck (NJ)
  • Science Educator at Dobbs Ferry High School (NY)

Examples of institutions where our alumni are pursuing advanced degrees include:

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Wesleyan University
  • College of William and Mary
  • East Carolina University
  • Brown University
  • George Washington University
  • Hofstra University
  • Rutgers University
  • St. John's University
  • University of Albany
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Houston, Clear Lake
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Weill Cornell Medicine

Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.


2016 Chemistry Dinner