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You may already know that Juniata is ranked in the top 2.5 percent nationally in the percentage of chemistry graduates who earn Ph.D.s in chemistry. But our graduates work in fields as diverse as medicine, forensics, art restoration, and pharmaceutical research. A Juniata chemistry education can lead to a number of personal and professional paths. Consider what some recent alumni are doing.

Get Involved:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemists
  • Chemistry Club
  • Γ Σ Ε Chemistry Honor Society
  • Chemical Week Magazine
  • Journal of Chemical Education
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

I did research as part of a team that included professionals from the Smithsonian, Applied Spectra, Inc., Berkeley, Clarkson and the Army Research Lab. And because I had a liberal arts education, I was able to pick up a minor in communication. Before I entered Juniata I wasn’t able to stand up in front of a crowd to save my life.

-Katie Shughrue ’11

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Matthew Bailey ’10 is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in biochemistry at the University of Oregon. While at Juniata, he presented undergraduate research at the 2010 National Council for Undergraduate Research Conference.

Joshua Beaver ’09 is currently pursuing graduate study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for which he received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His specializations are organic chemistry and chemical biology.

Anna Bloom ’10 is currently pursuing her doctorate in analytical chemistry at Penn State. Prior to entering graduate school, Anna utilized a Fulbright Scholarship, studying at the Max Planck Institute für Kohlenforschüng in Mulheim, Germany.

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Andrew Heptner ’10 is currently employed as a Lab Technician at Cherokee Pharmaceuticals in Riverside, Pa. following an internship with the same company.

Katie Shughrue ’11 is employed as a Quality Assurance Chemist at Environmental Standards, Inc. Prior to graduating from Juniata, Katie researched on a team with professionals from the Smithsonian, the Army Research Lab, etc. and presented at the Library of Congress and at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill.

You can read about more outstanding Chemistry graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Chemistry?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • analytical chemist
  • clinical technician
  • laboratory technician
  • quality control technician
  • technical sales representative
  • technical writer

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • chemist
  • chemical safety engineer
  • clinical chemist
  • pharmacologist
  • pharmaceutical researcher
  • research chemist

Possible Employers:

  • chemical companies
  • colleges/universities
  • food and drug administration
  • food companies
  • mining company
  • newspapers & magazines
  • petroleum refineries
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • state/federal government
  • textile manufacturers

Related Occupations:

  • agronomist
  • biochemist
  • consumer protection specialist
  • food & drug analyst
  • geologist
  • nuclear scientist
  • nutritionist
  • patent examiner
  • physicist
  • toxicologist

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify interests, values and skills by using FOCUS
  • Meet with a Career Counselor and/or take NDSS 100 Career Planning
  • Develop a professional resume and upload it to JuniataJobs.com
  • Attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops throughout the year
  • Test your interests through student organizations, volunteer work and a summer job/internship

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Research specific careers and related qualifications
  • Become active in student organizations relevant to your POE; consider a leadership position
  • Update your resume on JuniataJobs and attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops
  • Set Social Networking sites to “private” and maintain professional behavior
  • Attend events with Juniata alumni to build your network; create a profile on Juniata Connect
  • Get a job or internship related to your field of interest

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Make employment/graduate school choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and participate in Career Workshops
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Build a professional wardrobe and attend the Etiquette Dinner
  • Simulate a Mock Interview
  • Get an internship related to your field of study

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and secure quality references
  • Meet with a Career Counselor for your “Senior Meeting”; Consider registering for NDSS 205—21st Century Career Search
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile and network with professionals for job leads/grad school information
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Apply to targeted employers/graduate schools: Follow-Up

Notable Internship Sites:

  • Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • Applied Spectra, Inc.
  • Brookhaven National Lab
  • Clemson University
  • McCormick & Co.
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director