There are numerous great job opportunities for math and science majors after undergrad, especially if coupled with a minor in computer science. A lot of tech companies employ data scientists to help them improve existing products or build new ones. Marketing firms need analysts to refine their targeting and create more effective campaigns. Insurance companies have strong career tracks for actuaries who help manage risk. SpaceX has made rockets cool again and the aerospace industry should have plenty of entry level positions available. Political polling is a field that is due for a shake up as a result of poor predictions in recent election cycles. Manufacturing companies have complex supply chains that need effective managers. So, yes, there are a lot of good opportunities out there for math and science majors following graduation. In fact, one of the best things one can do following graduation is to get some real world work experience before diving into grad school.
Farhan recommends the following next steps:
• BIOCHEMICAL – This field focuses on the chemical processes occurring naturally in plants and animals. Food companies hire chemical engineers to improve crop yields by developing safer pest control products for farmers and distributors. Utility companies employ chemical engineers who examine ways to dispose of waste more efficiently while delivering supplies of clean drinking water to challenging locations.
• PHARMACEUTICALS – In conjunction with medical researchers, chemical engineers help design and operate the equipment that produces life-enhancing drugs. Chemical engineers specialize in taking the concepts of new drugs from the lab to the factory floor by discovering ways to scale these new inventions. Over time, their efforts produce medicine that costs less for consumers and can be made more efficiently in facilities around the world.
• HEALTH – Those interested in working as a chemical engineer may also be interested in a career as an occupational health and safety specialist since they both involve safe work practices. As an occupational health and safety health specialist, your focus will be to ensure safety in the workplace. You will do so by examining workplaces for safety hazards, providing ways for organizations to better protect employees, and looking into accidents that occur in the workplace. Occupational health and safety specialists often work for government agencies or manufacturing companies and will need a bachelor's degree.
• AGRICULTURE – People considering chemical engineering may also want to consider agricultural engineering since they both require problem-solving skills. As an agricultural engineer, you will focus on improving farming power sources, machinery, and how farming products are stored. Your job duties may involve utilizing computer programs to streamline farming methods, such as new equipment or improving building designs, performing safety tests on any new equipment, and collaborating with engineering colleagues, clients, and builders to maximize equipment and building functions. You may work for engineering services firms or government agencies and will need a bachelor's degree for this career.
• PETROLEUM – Petroleum is a finite resource, so chemical engineers constantly seek better ways to find and extract oil and natural gas. Oil companies deploy teams of chemical engineers to existing plants and refineries to improve production yields from dwindling fossil fuel deposits. Chemical engineers also travel to new drilling locations to help teams of scientists develop better ways to tap previously overlooked sources of oil and gas. At the same time, chemical engineers also search for safer and more efficient methods of developing oil-based products. By integrating smart production methods at the site of the drilling or during the refining process, chemical engineers have discovered ways to create useful products by recycling waste elements.
Hope this was helpful Petunie
Many high schools offer these courses.
If you like it pursue Chemical Engineering.
I have many friends in Chemical Engineering where they worked in the energy field or consumers products.
Are you willing to live in TX (oil companies) or OH where Procter & Gamble is located?
Translation: you will have to relocate where oil or consumer products based companies are.
If you have a degree in Math - one of the best jobs with this major is Actuary. This is a tough profession and you have to pass multiple exams become an Actuary. Many insurance companies need people with this background.
Backup could be working in software industry.
You'll benefit from gaining skills but most importantly you begin networking.
Best of luck!
You have some great answers here and good suggestion to look further into industries and jobs that interest you. You can also use specific key words to search for jobs and ideas on sites like Indeed, Glassdoor and LinkedIN to help you learn more about careers that interest you.
I like Farhan’s suggestion to set-up an informational interview. I’ve done this myself, at different times in my career, just to learn more about someone else’s job. It can also help you decide what you might like or not like about a particular job.
And Joseph’s suggestion to start networking. Any time is a good time to transform your future career search and start building your network of mentors, advocates and sponsors who can help you achieve your goals.
Many companies, like AT&T, also have development programs for new talent as well as internship opportunities. Check out the helpful links below.
Best wishes to you in your education and career goals.
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With both degrees there's a ton of demand for both. With the math major a lot of companies are starting to use them in element analysis and making decisions based on probability so its definitely in demand. With the chemical engineering degree you really cant go wrong. That curriculum is one the more difficult ones when compared to other engineering disciplines so finding a job wont be difficult. Hope this was helpful. Good luck!
When I was done with college, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into a "Leadership Development Program" (LDP). These programs usually last 2-4 years and are very unique in that they let you rotate through various branches of the business every 6-12 months. My company has an LDP for many departments, such as Engineering, Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain, and IT. LDPs let you gain a great understanding of many aspects of the business, and often set you up on the path to become a people leader at the company. You can usually find these programs from the "Careers" page of company websites. Although an LDP typically is geared towards setting graduates on a path towards a management track, many people end up finishing an LDP to become valued individual contributors at their company, too.
It's a great way to fine-tune your business acumen, communication/problem solving soft skills, and technical skills in the industry that you choose. These skills will be very valued if you choose to explore other career paths later on, too.