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Should I minor in HR Management with a major in Chemistry

I'm an undergrad Chemistry freshman with multiple interests, from IT to music to business to astronomy and of course chemistry :) My questions are for anyone to answer. It will definitely help me make the best decisions. \m/ #chemistry #college #college-major #management #college-minor #career-advice #physics

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Divya.S.’s Answer

• Chemistry as Major- Chemistry is a dynamic and constantly evolving area of science. Your degree in chemistry provides you with the perfect springboard for a wide range of career opportunities.

• Business/Project Management as Minor- A science degree is coveted by many employers across a wide range of areas along with the business management combination so I would suggest taking any management subject as minor would help. Personally I wound not recommend HR as minor because basis my experience I think Chemistry and HR both has a parallel line of career and cannot go hand in hand.

Career options:
• Analytical chemist
• Biochemist
• Bio-technologist
• Food technologist
• Forensic-scientist
• Quality control scientist etc

Divya.S. recommends the following next steps:

• Following up on any necessary postgraduate study and courses will be vital to finding the exact role that you want.
• Look for forensic management workshops, seminars and internships.
• Find a mentor

Hi Divya. Thank you for the Awesome reply. I will try to follow those steps as well. Do you know which type of management would go well with Chemistry? I should mention, I opted for HR since it's quite different from Chemistry Charlie W.

Hi Charlie, Chemistry with Business Management adopt a broad, multi-disciplinary outlook to your career, which is vital if we are to solve the problems of the 21st Century in healthcare, medicine, sustainability and the environment. Do you know which type of management would go well with Chemistry? - Chemistry with Business Management Divya.S. R

I should mention, I opted for HR since it's quite different from Chemistry - Cons : Yes I agree its totally a different field all together, however seeing your passion towards chemistry I advised you not t o take HR as minor because its very rare combination and down the line you may have to sacrifice any one of these. Pros: Both Chemistry and HR are diverse streams and you will always have an option to switch your domain from Chemistry to HR or vice a versa as per the market. Divya.S. R

Thnx so much Divya👍 Charlie W.

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Kelsey’s Answer

I think that's a wonderful idea! I majored in Biology and now work in a business role, so it's definitely doable without minoring. However I think having the background before you start your career would be a huge help! As some of the above answers have stated you can choose any type of business related minor. I've found that what's even more important then your major is your ability to relate your experiences to the role you are interviewing for.

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Andrew’s Answer

A hard science background with management skill is definitely a strong plus.

In my half-a-century career endeavor, I have seen many members of technical teams go stuck at the technical level and could not advance to management because they lack management skill. A minor in HR management or any general business management will help you in your future career endeavor.

On the other hand, one may have multiple interests in many areas, but it is important to keep in mind that it is imperative to stay focus and concentrate in one hard science discipline. You need to first graduate with a bachelor’s degree and move on fast.

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Maureen’s Answer

Yes, I confidently recommend that you have a business related minor with your science major. The world of science and the world of business have tremendous overlap. Also, you will be shinier to employers if you have a business minor. The business minor may be HR, it could be economics, or could be business management. You choose

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Teresa’s Answer

From what I heard from my friends and colleagues whom majored in Science or Engineering in University, they found it really helpful to have a degree in Business as it broadened their career path more.