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Chemistry Schools

As a professor or instructor of chemistry classes at one of the 1,315 accredited chemistry schools in the country, you play a necessary role in shaping the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the chemistry academic community and the future trends. Academia in chemistry includes chemistry training at the following levels:

  • Chemistry Certificate
  • Associates degree in Chemistry
  • Bachelors degree in Chemistry
  • Masters degree in Chemistry
  • PhD degree in Chemistry


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Chemistry professionals

223,800 222,490 222,940 220,440 212,310
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

212,310 chemistry professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of chemistry professionals has shrunk by 5%.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Chemistry professionals

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Chemistry professionals in the US earned a median salary of $50,998 per year in 2010. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for chemistry professionals in the US was 22% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Chemistry

$45,995 $47,910 $49,575 $50,470 $50,998
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 11% growth in chemistry professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Chemistry Student enrollment growth by degree

799 877 965 993 1,141
10,621 11,011 11,589 11,897 12,143
2,406 2,519 2,413 2,559 2,467
2,056 2,111 2,207 2,102 2,148
425 285 375 438 452
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Chemistry
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Chemistry
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Chemistry
  • Grey: Certificate in Chemistry

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for chemistry professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 16,307 students who graduated from chemistry degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 18,351 students graduating from chemistry schools.

This represents a 13% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from chemistry courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Chemistry Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering chemistry programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 1301 chemistry schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 1315 schools.

Chemistry Faculty Salaries

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