Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for chemists was $79,430 in May 2021. Overall, employment of chemists and materials scientists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for other occupations.

On average, about 8,200 openings for chemists and materials scientists are projected each year over this decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force.

La Salle’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department serves qualified students by offering an unbeatable liberal arts education that sets a strong foundation for graduate studies and successful careers including:
  • Physician
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Educator
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Governmental Science Policy
  • Food and Flavor Chemist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Environmental
  • Health and safety inspector
  • Science journalist

Our chemistry bachelor degree program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in recognition that it offers a “…broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.”

Seize opportunities when you get the chance. Sometimes you may even like something you didn’t even know you would like. Do not be afraid to ask for help, or even ask for mentorship. La Salle’s small class size makes it a lot easier to talk to my professors and other students about assignments, internships and references.

Sarah Tse
Class of 2022
Daynell Wright, ’01, M.A. ’24

As Daynell Wright, ’01, M.A. ’24, prepares to receive her diploma at the 2024 Commencement, she talks about what being an Explorer means to her.   

Karen Martinez, ’25, and Kayla Zaruma, ’25

Karen Martinez, ’25, and Kayla Zaruma, ’25, may have different majors but the family members are cheering each other on to the finish line of graduation.