Careers by Major - Chemistry

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Each Careers by Major page provides lots of ideas on various career areas, as well as how to gain related skills and experience. Useful resources and job samples are also provided.

Table of Contents 

1. Sample Careers / Jobs
         1a. Sample Career Titles
         1b. Sample Job Listings
         1c. Sample Areas of Employment
2. Program-Related Skills
3. Explore Careers & Build Networks
4. Get Experience
         4a. On-Campus
         4b. Off-Campus
5. Useful Resources & Next Steps 

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1. Sample Careers / Jobs
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Below is a sample of the many types of careers and jobs pursued by graduates of this program.

1a. Sample Career Titles
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Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Detailed career profiles are available in the Career Centre. Some positions require further education and experience.

  • Food Scientist*
  • Brewmaster*
  • Exploration Geophycisist
  • Chemist*
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Hazardous Waste Management Technologist / Chemist
  • Chemical Engineering Tech*
  • Pharmaceutical chemist
  • Quality Controller*
  • Geological and Geophysical Technologist
  • Pulping and Bleaching Manager
  • Technical Sales Representative*
  • Textile chemist
  • Biochemistry Technologist
  • Environmental Policy Maker
  • Paint Formulation Chemist
  • Pharmacologist*
  • Safety Officer
  • Teacher / Professor*
  • Health Care Administrator*
  • Hydrometric Technologist
  • Art Conservator*
  • Pharmacist*
  • Technical Writer / Editor*
  • Medical Lab Tech*
  • Toxicologist*
  • Astrochemist
  • Chemical Analyst
  • Magnetic Resonance Technologist
  • Plant Manager
  • Water Purification Chemist
  • Refinery and Upgrader Process Operator
  • Sustainability Specialist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Energy Asset Management Professional
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Regulatory / Government Affairs Specialist
  • Chemical Physicist
  • Patent Agent
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Environmental Consultant*
  • Non-Destructive Testing Technician
  • Specialty Chemicals Production Supervisor
  • Public Relations Specialist*
  • Purchasing Officer / Purchaser*
  • Petroleum Engineering Technologist
  • Food and Beverage Processing Grader
  • Doctor*
  • Systems Security Analyst
  • Snubbing Services Operator and Supervisor
  • Material Scientist
  • Pathologist*
  • Pollution Control Technologist
  • Epidemiologist*
  • Plastics Processing Manager
  • Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist
  • Industrial Designer
  • Geochemist
  • Forensic Laboratory Analyst
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Research and Development Manager

View these titles at Career Cruising, available on CLN under the Resources tab.

1b. Sample Job Listings
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Below is a sample of delisted positions that have been posted on UofT's Career Learning Network (CLN). To access current listings, login to CLN and click on Jobs

  • Product Development/QC Specialist, Giraffe Foods Inc.
  • Microbrewery Technologist, Labatt
  • Inside Sales Associate, Canadian Health Systems Inc.
  • Research Chemist, Aqua Bond Inc.
  • Research Communications Officer, University Health Network
  • Building Products Scientist, Exova
  • Environment, Health & Safety Specialist, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
  • Recruiter, Pharma Medica Research Inc.
  • Help Desk Advisor, Computing Services, UTM
  • Medical Market Researcher, Medtech Solutions
  • Materials Coordinator Assistant, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, U of T
  • Data Analysis, Electrovaya Inc.
  • MetallurgyChemist, Chemical Testing Laboratories, ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • Ecohydrology Lab and Field Assistant, Department of Geography, UTM
  • Quality Assurance Representative, Stryker Canada

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  • Cosmetics and fragrance production companies
  • Computers and telecommunications companies
  • Pulp and papercompanies
  • Consulting firms
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Government agencies
  • Universities, colleges and schools
  • Hospitals & other medical organizations
  • Magazine and newspaper companies
  • Environment and pollution control firms
  • Fine and heavy chemical manufacturing companies
  • Food and beverage production companies
  • Mining and metallurgy companies
  • Law Firms
  • Oil and gas companies
  • Plastic manufacturing companies
  • Museums
  • Engineering firms
  • Industrial inspection firms
  • Scientific research and development companies

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2. Program-Related Skills
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Academic courses in this program provide opportunities to develop the following types of skills. Make a Career Counselling or an Employment Advising appointment to discuss how you can demonstrate these skills to employers.

Research Skills

  • Conduct journal research
  • Read and comprehend scientific journals
  • Evaluate the validity of research articles, scientific websites, etc.
  • Utilize logical reasoning to interpret results/data derived from scientific experimentation

Technical Skills

  • Use computer programs, including excel and Power Point, to manipulate and display data
  • Accurately follow laboratory protocols with attention to detail
  • Maintain laboratory equipment
  • Comply with quality control procedures while conducting experiments
  • Demonstrate an understanding of safety regulations
  • Employ specific scientific lab techniques

Quantitative Skills

  • Analyze data for trends
  • Apply statistical packages to data to test for significance

Written Communication Skills

  • Document observations from experiments
  • Organize research ideas and information into comprehensive reports
  • Support scientific findings by writing literature reviews of journal articles
  • Create graphs to visually represent data

Oral Communication Skills

  • Use various visual aids, including overhead projectors, computers and posters to conduct oral presentations on research findings
  • Interact professionally with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, technicians, students and professors
  • Adapt vocabulary to suite a wide variety of audiences including the general public and senior scientists

Organizational Skills

  • Manage time effectively to balance demands of work, academic and social life
  • Successfully manage multiple priorities during peak times during the academic year

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3. Explore Careers & Build Networks
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Career Exploration 101

Take our 15 minute online module and attend the Career Exploration Part 2 in-person workshop to gain access to UTM's three career exploration programs:

Alumni Profiles

Check out our Alumni Profiles page with submissions from UTM grads to find out how their experiences have affected their career direction.

Events

Attending networking events, employer info sessions, and career fairs is a great way to meet professionals and learn more about careers, companies, and industries. Login to CLN and click on Events & Workshops to see what's coming up.

Talk to Professors

Connecting with your professors can be a great way to explore the different paths a major can lead you to, as well as learn about possible opportunities for research, volunteering, or becoming a TA. Drop by during their office hours or request an appointment.

Student Organizations

Join a student club or an academic society at UTM to meet like-minded people, explore your interests, and make valuable connections. To view a list of current clubs and societies, visit the Centre for Student Engagement. Some organizations you may consider are:

  • Erindale Society of Chemical & Physical Sciences
  • Forensics Society
  • Health Out Loud at UTM
  • Pre-Medical Club

LinkedIn

Create a LinkedIn profile to connect with professionals in the fields, explore the career paths of UTM alumni, research employers, apply for specific positions, and more. Need help? Come into the Career Centre to book a LinkedIn profile critique.

Professional Associations

There are many benefits of becoming a member of association(s), such as developing a network of contacts, learning about industry trends, accessing industry-related job postings, and stating your affiliation on your resume. Some associations related to this major are:

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4. Get Experience
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Get some experience and exposure to the industry while being a student. This will increase your chances of finding a job after graduation, while helping you decide what area might be most suitable for you.

4a. On-Campus
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Experience 101 Handout

Check out the Experience 101 handout to view a list of some of the ways you can get valuable experience on campus.

Work Study Positions

The work study program provides eligible students with an opportunity to work on campus during the academic year and gain experience. Many departments use this program to hire UTM students during the Fall/Winter and Summer terms.

Research Opportunity Program (ROP)

UTM's Research Opportunity Program (ROP) allows undergraduate students to gain valuable research experience and earn a course credit by participating in a faculty member's research project. Courses are held during Summer and Fall/Winter terms.

Part Time and Volunteer Positions

  • Attend the annual Get Experience Fair 
  • Check out our binder with detailed information on volunteer opportunities; available in the Career Centre
  • Learn about the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), which can help you find opportunities beyond the classroom and have your skills and experiences captured on an official document; go to the co-curricular database to find out how you can get involved

Student Organizations

Joining any student club or academic society at UTM is a great way to gain valuable skills and expand your resume. To view a list of current clubs and societies, visit the Centre for Student Engagement.

4b. Off-Campus
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Internships, Summer, Part Time and Volunteer Positions 

Full Time

  • Networking is an essential element of job search today, as most jobs are not advertised. While you should still apply for positions you find online, building relationships with professionals is a proven way to access the "hidden job market" with some of the most desirable opportunities. Attend the "Learn to Network" workshop to discover proven techniques to effectively introduce yourself and make contacts.
  • Login to CLN and click on Jobs to access current postings advertised to graduating students and recent UofT grads. Note: You must attend the "Now That I'm Graduating, What's Next?" workshop to gain access to these postings.
  • Attend the annual Get Hired: Summer and Full-Time Jobs Fair
  • Check out our list of industry-specific job boards

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5. Useful Resources & Next Steps
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Career Centre Library Resources

The Career Centre resource library contains information about a wide range of occupations in all industries, resume and cover letter resources, effective work search methods, graduate/professional school preparation guides, and more.

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Career Planning by Year

Visit our Career Planning by Year page for ideas of important career related activities for each year. You can visit us in the Career Centre to find out more about career areas that interest you.

Additional Web Resources


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Updated March 2017