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Department of Chemistry

Derek Tsang is not only a clinical fellow in Radiation Oncology, he's also a Chemistry grad.

Derek Tsang (BSc, 2007) grew his love of chemistry into a career in medicine. Derek is a Resident Physician in Radiation Oncology where he specializes with unique knowledge, understanding and expertise in the treatment of patients. See more about Derek here.

What do employers value about Department of Chemistry graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 79% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $55,533/year upon entering the workforce. 66% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Chemistry alumni most frequently apply their research, critical thinking and science literacy skills in these industries: 

  • Research
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Engineering
  • Operations
  • Information Technology
  • Program and Project Management
  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technical Sales
  • Energy

graduate or professional school

A chemistry degree equips students with the critical thinking and analysis skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Education
  • Dentistry
  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Applied Technology
  • Biomedical Communication
  • Art Restoration
  • Forensic Science
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Science Communications

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals like a Chemistry alum who is now the Chief Administrative Officer for the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, and others in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Explore Your Options

While you're a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.  

Attend talks, career workshops and seminars organized by your student union

Exciting research opportunities include summer research and for-credit research courses CHM299 and CHM499.

Gain a broader perspective on science by attending seminars including the Lectures in the Central Science series.