Careers and Outcomes

Kameron Coates, a Missouri State alum and chemistry teacher, in his classroom at Willard High School.

Teach chemistry in secondary schools

Through chemistry, so much is possible. You can show students how it all happens.

Where former students teach

The chemistry education pathway certifies you to teach grades 6-12.

Most Bears go on to teach locally (Springfield) or around the St. Louis or Kansas City area.

Employers of chemistry education graduates include:

  • Ava School District
  • Forsyth School District
  • Fox C-6 School District
  • Lindbergh School District
  • Monett School District
  • Nixa School District
  • Republic School District
  • Rockwood School District
  • Savannah School District
  • Sparta R-3 School District
  • Springfield Public Schools
  • Waynesville School District
  • Wentzville School District
  • Willard Public Schools
  • Valley Park School District

Boosting your credentials

Through this pathway, you’ll go on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

If you add the graduate certificate in science content as well, you'll be qualified to teach dual-credit (college-level) classes in high school.

Non-teaching careers

If you find teaching isn’t for you, don’t worry. You have a strong fallback option.

This pathway includes a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. That means you can work as a professional chemist in other career fields:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Conservation
  • Crime/forensic labs
  • Geospatial science
  • Library services
  • Manufacturing
  • Meteorology
  • Research and development

Support for your job hunt

The Missouri State Career Center can help you jump-start your career. They have a list of current openings, tips for preparing your résumé and on-campus interview opportunities.