What Can I Do Green With a Major In?

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry


Chemical Engineering and Chemistry are fields that will make significant contributions to the green economy.  Chemical Engineers can pursue careers in energy conservation, biofuels, organic food production, as well as environmentally friendly chemical production methods.  Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle, including the design, manufacture, and use of a chemical product.  Pharmaceutical engineers can work in developing drugs in ways that do not pollute the environment, use less carbon emissions, thus reducing the environmental impact of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

Green careers can be found within each of these job titles:

Aerosol Developer Industrial Quality Control
Analytic Chemist Inorganic Chemist 
Chemical Analyst/Technologist Inside Sales Representative - Chemicals
Chemical/Drug Sales Representative Laboratory Analyst
Chemical Engineer Laboratory Technician
Chemical Information Specialist Materials Production Tester
Chemical Power Process Engineer Methods Development Chemist 
Chemical Safety Officer Paint Formulation Chemist
Color Analyst Paper Product Developer
Consumer Protection Researcher Pest Control Technician
Cosmetics Developer Pharmacist/Pharmacologist
Environmental Impact Assessor Pollution Controller/Analyst
Fabric/Textile Developer Process Engineer
Film Developer/Tester Product Tester/Developer
Food Scientist Production Engineer for Chemical Manufacturer / Petroleum
Forensic Lab Analyst Public Health Educator
Fragrance Developer Soil Tester
Gas and Chemical Technician Toxicologist
Industrial Health Engineer Water Quality Analyst

Green jobs can be found within the following industries:

Aerospace Firms Food Manufacturing
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Hospitals Research Laboratories
Airlines Fuel Dealerships Medical Laboratories
Atomic Energy Firms Medical Services
Biotechnical Firms Metal Manufacturing Companies
Ceramic Manufacturers Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Chemical Companies Printing
Chemical Manufacturing Public Health Service
Consulting Organizations Rubber Processing Firms
Education Soap and Detergent Manufacturers
Engineering Firms State Government
Environmental Organizations Technical Journals
Federal Government Utilities

Green Internet Resources:

Biospace   Lists biotech and pharmaceutical jobs.

Epa Gov/green chemistry/   Lists general information about green chemistry.

Royal Society of Chemistry   Provides information on chemical sciences and some other related resources.  A professional body of scientists in UK.

Acpo.on.ca   Contains information for students who are interested in getting involved and expanding their knowledge in chemical engineering. May also contain green information.

Greenbiz   Consists of various information, mostly news articles, about becoming green.

American Chemical Society Career Services   This section of the American Chemical Society’s website provides career information for chemical engineers.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention   Provides information about various health related topics.

Science Careers Information   Offers information for scientists. Also has job listings that are updated daily and career advice articles.

Green Careers Guide   Site offers green career categories with job descriptions, training required, training programs by state, and job listings.



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