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10th Grade Chemistry: Want to be a Chemist?

Learn more about different chemistry careers.

Chemistry Career Descriptions

In simplest terms, chemistry is the science of matter. Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen or felt is made of chemicals.

Chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things. Some chemists work on cures for cancer while others monitor the ozone protecting us from the sun. Still others discover new materials to make our homes warmer in the winter, or new textiles to be used in the latest fashions. The knowledge gained through the study of chemistry opens many career pathways. Here are just a few of the careers chosen by chemists.

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Best Colleges for Chemistry

Chemistry

Ranked in 2010 Chemistry Rankings Methodology

With a graduate degree in chemistry, scientists may find jobs in laboratories, government agencies, research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, colleges and universities, and more. These are the best chemistry schools.

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RankSchool nameScore
#1  California Institute of Technology 

Pasadena, CA

5.0 
#1  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Cambridge, MA

5.0 
#1  University of California–​Berkeley 

Berkeley, CA

5.0 
#4  Harvard University 

Cambridge, MA

4.8 
#4  Stanford University 

Stanford, CA

4.8 
#6  University of Illinois–​Urbana-​Champaign 

Urbana, IL

4.6 
#7  Northwestern University 

Evanston, IL

4.5 
#7  Scripps Research Institute 

La Jolla, CA

4.5 
#7  University of Wisconsin–​Madison 

Madison, WI

4.5 
#10  Columbia University 

New York, NY

4.4 
#10  Cornell University 

Ithaca, NY

4.4 
#12  University of Texas–​Austin 

Austin, TX

4.3 
#13  University of Chicago 

Chicago, IL

4.2 
#13  University of North Carolina–​Chapel Hill 

Chapel Hill, NC

4.2 
#13  Yale University 

New Haven, CT

4.2 
#16  Princeton University 

Princeton, NJ

4.1 
#16  University of California–​Los Angeles 

Los Angeles, CA

4.1 
#16  University of Michigan–​Ann Arbor 

Ann Arbor, MI

4.1 
#19  Texas A&M University–​College Station 

College Station, TX

4.0 
#19  University of Pennsylvania 

Philadelphia, PA

4.0 
#21  Johns Hopkins University 

Baltimore, MD

3.9 
#21  Pennsylvania State University–​University Park 

University Park, PA

3.9 
#21  Purdue University–​West Lafayette 

West Lafayette, IN

3.9 
#21  University of California–​San Diego 

La Jolla, CA

3.9 
#21  University of Minnesota–​Twin Cities 

Minneapolis, MN

3.9 

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