Careers and Advising

A significant number of our students continue on to professional or graduate schools after graduating in Chemistry from CSUDH. Click here for a list of some of our recent graduates who have moved on to pursue such degrees.

This page is designed to show a compilation of information on how to pursue professional and graduate degrees succesfully. Also, here you will find information on careers in chemistry.

Premed

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Dentistry

American Dental Education Association Information Page

Pharmacy

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Optometry

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Graduate School in Chemistry (Ph.D. or M.S.)

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Graduate School in Biochemistry (Ph.D. or M.S.)

Graduate School information

Careers

The American Chemical Society maintains a website devoted to career planning: What do Chemists do?

Also,search, look, find, and check out career options at: salary.aftercollege.com

The following is a list of articles of interest from the American Chemical Society and other sources in the internet to plan your job career:

  1. "Internships - Worthwhile Adventures" - Emphasizes the advantages of doing a summer internship for chemists interested in business careers.
  2. "Your Foot in the Door" The Basics of Resume Preparation - Describes content and writing two types of resumes: chronological and the functional resume.
  3. "How to Write Effective Cover  Letters" - Describes purpose, structure, writing style, and presentation for cover letters.
  4. "Its Showtime" - Provides information on resumes, cover letters, finding potential employers, interviewing (including ten frequently asked interview questions), and useful resources. 
  5. "How to Survive an Thrive in these Turbulent Times" - Discusses the changing paradigm for employment with emphasis on: the effects of globalization, the new required skills and expectations of the work force, and the need to be flexible and to be able to adapt to changes. 
  6. "Recruiters Seek Diverse Skills" - A brief listing of skills recruiters are looking for in the modern chemist. 
  7. "The Recruiter's Agenda" - Includes: personal traits that contribute to the professional productivity and advancement of a scientist, how interviewers measure these personal traits, importance of a good resume, the initial interview with a recruiter (with tips on how candidates disqualify themselves), and how to handle on-site interviews. 
  8. "Compensation is More than Salary" - discusses fringe benefits in some detail. 
  9. "Launching Your Industrial Chemistry Career" - Describes the major differences between being employed in industry and being an undergraduate or graduate student. Provides suggestions for making a successful transition between the two.