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Medicinal Chemistry - Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Career Choices
  • Government scientist
  • Medicinal chemist in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Organic chemist
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Teacher
  • Technical librarian
Alumni in Medicinal Chemistry have found employment in the following fields:
  • Academe (Professor of Medicinal Chemistry)
  • Government (Food & Drug Administration)
  • Medicinal chemistry (pharmaceutical industry)
  • Pharmaceutical sales (pharmaceutical industry)

What percentage of graduates goes on to graduate school?
Variable; in 2010, 39%; in 2011, 34%

What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment?
Approximately 100% (The department knows of no graduate who is unemployed.)

Salary Trends
The median salary for chemists with bachelor's degrees, including medicinal chemists, was $77,000 in 2015. The median starting salary for new bachelor's graduates was $40,000 in 2014. The industry seeks to hire graduates who have good laboratory experience. In this regard, M.S. graduates are good prospects for employment in the pharmaceutical industry and are paid correspondingly more and given more responsibility.

Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55