Department of Chemistry
Melanie Mastronardi is not only a performer, she's also a Chemistry grad.
Melanie Mastronardi (Ph.D., 2015) is an associate at McKinsey Consulting. While completing her Ph.D. in Chemistry, she stayed involved in the U of T community as a dancer and performer with the Varsity Blues Dance Team and Hart House Theatre. After graduation, Melanie leveraged a summer position at McKinsey into a permanent role. Read more about Melanie on LinkedIn.
What do employers value about Department of Chemistry graduates?
think critically and creatively
address and solve challenging problems
interaction with cutting-edge research and research methods
analyze data and interpret findings
understand science and the consequences of human interaction with it
write clearly and effectively for a scientific and lay audience
communicate science to a variety of audiences from a multidisciplinary perspective
use quantitative and technological literacy in gathering and analyzing data
Within two years of graduation, 93% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $53,004/year upon entering the workforce. 72% 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:
- Information Technology
- Program and Project Management
- Technical Sales
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:
- Business Administration
- 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 Centre workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca 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.
Gain a broader perspective on science by attending seminars including the Lectures in the Central Science series.