To date, we’ve asked 145 current and past chemistry students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

No matter the degree, there are some common factors that predict satisfaction.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a chemistry degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a chemistry degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are chemistry students compared to other degrees?

Overall, chemistry students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.2 out of 5. This is low compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, chemistry students rate their happiness similarly to students in Music and Related Studies, Mechanical Engineering and Public Relations.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to chemistry

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Computer Software Engineering$98,426
Entertainment and Media Management$64,247
Mechanical Engineering$93,263
Music and Related Studies$55,234
Public Relations$66,247
Accounting And Finance$83,264

Let's break that down further.

Are chemistry students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.8 out of 5 stars
138 ratings
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 stars
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.9 out of 5 stars
147 ratings
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 stars

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in chemistry experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did chemistry graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what chemistry grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
144 ratings
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 stars

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were chemistry students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.2 out of 5 stars
145 ratings
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 stars

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.


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