Undergraduate Major Details

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Pharmaceutical Chemistry major is in the College of Letters and Science.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Capital Pharmacy Inc
Carepoint Pharmacy
CommuniCare Health Centers
Davis Compounding Solutions
Davis Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center
Eagle Drug Pharmacy
El Macero Pharmacy
Eyes on J Optometry
For Eyes Optical
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
Kim Leader Pharmacy
Northern Valley Indian Health Inc.
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Ranch Pharmacy
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Safeway Pharmacy
Solano Sports Physical Therapy
Sutter Davis Hospital Auxiliary
Sutter Health / Medical Center, Sacramento / General Hospital
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
Target Pharmacy
The Ruth Bancroft Garden
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis School Of Medicine
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program
UCDMC - Orthopaedic Surgery Spine Center
UCDMC Cardiology Davis Tower 6
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric General Clinic
UCDMC Radiology Emergency Room and Davis Tower X-Ray
UCDMC Transplant Clinic
VietNamese Cancer Awareness Education & Research Society
Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society (VN CARES)

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 72 23 31.9%
2013-14 92 23 25.0%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 18.2% 54.5% 22.7% 4.5%
2013-14 33.3% 28.6% 38.1% 0.0%
2014-15 33.3% 28.6% 33.3% 4.8%
2015-16 10.0% 10.0% 73.3% 6.7%
2016-17 10.5% 21.1% 63.2% 5.3%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Biomarker Technologies, Inc. Lab Technician
CDC Substitute Teacher
Dermasolutions Receptionist
Dow Chemical Lab Technician
Genentech Intern
Intertek Pharmaceutical Services Bioanalytical Chemist
Marrone Bio Innovations Bioprocess Technician
Micromidas Intern
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Research Assistant

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-17 $34,416 $35,500