Salary and Career Info
In RIT’s chemistry degree, you’ll search for and use new knowledge about chemicals to discover, develop, or improve synthetic fibers, paints, adhesives, drugs, cosmetics, electronic components, lubricants, and thousands of other products.
Students are able to perform many general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and organic chemistry laboratory tasks, as technicians, with minimal supervision, after their first year of coursework. They continue to enhance their lab skills in subsequent years, when they take lecture and lab courses in inorganic, physical, polymer, environmental, or biochemistry to increase their ability to contribute to research initiatives in areas of particular interest.
Students are exposed to several different resources throughout their education: GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC systems, Atomic Absorption, 300 MHz, NMR, 500MHz NMR, Fluorimeters, UV-Vis, Centrifuge, Electrochem Equipment, Viscometer, Electrophoresis, TGA, DSC, DMA, Magnetic susceptibility optical microscope, inert gas chamber, spin coater.
Chemist; Quality Assurance; Materials Engineer; QC Chemist/Packaging Scientist; Lab Technician; Research Assistant; Environmental Chemist
Epic Pharma LLC, GlobalFoundries, Interprint, Inc., LORD Corporation, RIT- College of Science, SMS biotech, The Coders, Xerox
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|Full-time Graduate Study||14.30%|
The BS degree in chemistry is certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.
What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries.
Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Science co-ops include a range of hands-on experiences, from co-ops and internships and work in labs to undergraduate research and clinical experience in health care settings. These opportunities provide the hands-on experience that enables you to apply your scientific, math, and health care knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.
Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for students in the chemistry degree.
Hosted by RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, the National Labs Career Fair is an annual event that brings representatives to campus from the United States’ federally funded research and development labs. These national labs focus on scientific discovery, clean energy development, national security, technology advancements, and more. Students are invited to attend the career fair to network with lab professionals, learn about opportunities, and interview for co-ops, internships, research positions, and full-time employment.