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Hofstra University's Chemistry Department
Chemistry End of Year 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 2016-2017 Hofstra graduates who majored in natural sciences and mathematics, 100% 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 $42,000.

Examples of companies where our recent graduates are working:

  • Craftmaster Flavor Technology
  • Feinstein Institute
  • Long Beach School District
  • Morton Hospital
  • NY Police Department
  • Pace Analytical
  • RMB Drafting
  • Walt Disney World

 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:

  • Brown University
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • College of William and Mary
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY Brooklyn College
  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • CUNY John Jay College
  • CUNY Queens College
  • East Carolina University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Hofstra University
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Jefferson College of Pharmacy
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Northeastern University
  • NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rutgers University
  • St. John's University
  • Stanford University
  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Downstate
  • SUNY Farmingdale
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
  • SUNY University at Buffalo
  • Touro College
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Houston, Clear Lake
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
  • Wesleyan University

Of the 1,453 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2016 and May 2017, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 61% of the 16-17 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 32% response rate for undergraduate students. 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.


Chemistry End of Year Dinner