Career and Leadership Development


Chemistry is the science concerned with the composition, properties, and changes of the substances of nature, including the familiar solids, liquids, and gases of the physical world as well as the less familiar components of all living systems. Chemists research and put to practical use, knowledge about all of these substances. Their research has resulted in a tremendous variety of synthetic materials, such as nylon and polyester fabrics, and processes which help save energy and reduce pollution. Research on the chemistry of living things provides the basis for advances in medicine, agriculture and other areas. The four basic areas of chemistry are organic, inorganic, analytic, and physical. Chemists often specialize in one of these sub-fields. Over 60% of all chemists work in research and development, and about 10% work as marketing or sales representatives, where they sell and provide technical information on chemical products. Chemistry is playing an increasing role in technological advances such as fiber optics and electricity conducting polymers.

Emphases within the major:

Chemistry (BA/BS- Honors Emphasis)
Chemistry (BA/BS- Liberal Arts Emphasis)
Chemistry (BA/BS- Professional ACS Approved Emphasis)
Chemistry (BSE)
Pre-Professional Major - Chiropractic Emphasis
Pre-Professional Major - Pharmacy Emphasis

Major skills acquired:

Acute Observational Skills
Basic Fundamentals and Techniques of Chemistry
Calculating and Analyzing Data
Communication Skills - Oral and Written
Hypothesis Testing/Theory Development
Informing, Explaining, Reporting Results
Mathematical Reasoning
Precision/Accuracy/Attention to Detail
Problem Solving
Technical Report Writing
Understanding How Chemistry Influences Daily Living
Use of Computer Technologies
Using Technical Instruments

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number).
The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Agricultural Chemistry - developing safer, more effective pesticides and fertilizers
Biochemistry - involved in the areas of biotechnology or toxicology testing
Food Chemistry - developing and improving food products
Petroleum Chemistry - research on new fuel and lubricant formulations
Pharmaceutical Chemistry - researching new drug products
Water Chemistry - involved in water quality monitoring or wastewater treatment Assayer (022.281-010)
Biochemist (041.061-026)
Chemical Lab Chief (022.161-010)
Chemical Laboratory Technician (022.261-010)
Chemist (022.061-010)
Chemist, Instrumentation (022.261-018)
Chemist, Wastewater Treatment Plant (022.261-022)
Chemist, Water Purification (022.281-014)
Colorist (022.161-014)
Dietetic Intern (077.124-010)
Drug Analysis (091.227-010)
Food Chemist (022.061-014)
Lab Supervisor (022.137-010)
Perfumer (022.161-018)
Pharmaceutical Sales (262.157-010)
Pollution and Control Trainee (029.261-014)
Researcher/Research Assistant (199.364.014)
Teacher - various levels (092.227-010)
Technical and Scientific Writer (131.267-026)
Toxicologist (022.081-010)

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Aldrich Chemical - Milwaukee, WI
Aerotek Scientific, Madison, WI
CAP Biomaterials, East Troy, WI
Chr Hansen, Inc. - West Allis, WI
Covance - Madison, WI
Cytophil, Inc. - East Troy, WI
Hazelton Industries - Madison, WI
National Environmental Testing - Watertown, WI SC Johnson & Sons - Racine, WI
Pharmaceutical Product Dev. - Middleton, WI
Serigraph, Inc. - West Bend, WI
Waterford Union High School - Waterford, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Cornell University
Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS
Miami University - Miami, OH
Ohio University - Athens, OH
Texas A&M Medical College, College Station, TX
University of Akron - Akron, OH
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of Oregon - Eugene, OR
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Chemistry Department
Departmental Office, Upham, Room 230
Phone: 262-472-1070

Chemistry and Physics Study Unit
20458 Waters Point Lane
Germantown, MD 20874-1091

American Institute of Chemists (AIC)
7315 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Society of Chemical Industry
American Section (SCIAS)
425 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10022