Article by: Perry Romanowski

While learning how to become a cosmetic scientist is fun, it doesn’t do you much good if you don’t have a job. Sure, you could start your own company and we love to encourage people to do that, but if you are like most people, you’ll first get a job working for someone else.

Cosmetic Science Jobs

Here are a few places that you might find cosmetic science jobs.

Careers in Cosmetics
This is a site that helps connect employers with job seekers. You can post your resume and search for cosmetic science jobs by job title, company, and location. If you’re searching for a job in the beauty industry, you should be looking here.
This website takes aggregate results from a variety of online job search sites and puts them conveniently in one place. You can search by job title or location. It also gives you alternative terms which will help you expand your search. For example, if you search for cosmetic chemist, it will suggest cosmetic formulator.

This job search engine is much like but it seems to give slightly different results.

Many people are finding that Twitter can help them make connections with important people and are landing jobs directly. Here is an articles that gives you 50 tips on using Twitter to find a job. After you create your twitter presence, start following all the people in the cosmetic industry that you can find. You can start with this list of >20 cosmetic chemists on twitter.

Society of Cosmetic Chemists
Many of the SCC chapters have job listings in their monthly newsletters. Most of the chapters have websites where you can read their newsletters online. So, if you’re looking go to one of the SCC chapters (find them at the National SCC webpage) and look at their newsletters.

Finally, here is a list of 10 of the best job hunting websites as decided by

Is there a job finding website that we missed? Leave a comment below and let your fellow cosmetic chemists know.



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    Hi. I ve completed Bsc hons degree in Biomedical Science.
    And i love to work in cosmetic industry. What should i do for a msc to work in cosmetic industry?

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      Perry Romanowski

      You can look into the program at the University of Cincinnati.

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    Hi sir,
    I had completed my Diploma in the stream of Chemical engg.i am so much interested to work in cosmetic industry. Can u plz suggest me a field to do my master degree..

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      Perry Romanowski

      You could study Cosmetic Science at University of Cincinnati

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    hi sir my graduation was completed in i want to do job in R&D or QC department to formulate and develop some new cosmetics product. i didnt get job in this field what i do for that?

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      Perry Romanowski

      You might consider getting involved with the SCC in your area and meeting people who will know of jobs in the industry. The best way to get a job is to meet someone in the industry who is looking to hire someone.

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    Hi Perry,
    I am torn apart between doing a Bsc in biomedical science and then do a MSC in cosmetic science or doing a Bsc in cosmetic science . You see I don’t want to be limited in the job market if I do only a Bsc in cosmetic science. What should I do?

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      Perry Romanowski

      If you don’t want to be limited do a BS in Chemistry then an MSC in Cosmetic science.

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    Fernando Estrela

    Hello, I’m graduated in Bachelor of Science in chemistry and I had as one of Cosmetology material and just fell in love, I made a technical course in chemistry with emphasis on cosmetics and I am seeking to introduce myself in this area, I spent three years in a company working with characterization materials ( like polymers), performing analysis of DSC, TGA, Rheology and I think I can contribute.

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      Perry Romanowski

      I’d suggest you join our forum and post some information there.

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    I had completed my Btech in the stream of nanotechnology. Am so much interested to work in cosmetic industry. Can u plz suggest me a field to do my master degree..

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      Perry Romanowski

      You might consider a masters in cosmetic science from the University of Cincinnati or Fairleigh Dickinson.

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    i’ve been reaching out a lot to cosmetics labs and private label companies. I haven’t had many warm receptions. Is this typical? I want to get my Masters in cosmetic science. I’m working on getting a job in a laboratory here in Des Moines where I live forward just any experience in a lab. Would you say that it may be difficult for me to find a job because of my location? I don’t have a problem relocating to California or New York.

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      Perry Romanowski

      Yes, you would have better luck in either California or New York.

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    Hi Perry!
    Your articles have really helped me to make the decision to be a cosmetic chemist. I am currently a biomaterials engineering major and I’m wondering if it would look better if I were to switch to a chemical engineering major? Thank you!
    Best regards,

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      Perry Romanowski

      Chemical engineering might help if you wanted to be a process engineer in the cosmetic field but if you want to be a formulator your biomaterials education is a good choice. Or just a straight Chemistry major might be even better.

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    I am a recent graduate in chemistry and currently an analytical chemist at a company based in the pharmecutical industry . I have experience in analysis in GLP and GMP studies . I am very much interest in getting into cosmetic industry particular formulation and research into lipsticks (very niche I know but something I am passionate about). I am looking to start dabling as a hobby but would like to potentially pursue a career . The experience I have may not be applicable so I was wondering if you could give me any advice ?

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      Perry Romanowski

      I’d suggest you see our articles on a cosmetic science career. There is lots of advice there.

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    I have experience as a Coatings chemist for more than a decade. I am currently looking for an opportunity in the Cosmetic industry as a chemist in NJ. Do you know of any job openings that I could apply to? I am truly interested in getting into this field and cannot wait to learn and come up with great products…

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    HI! I have a question for you? Here in Slovenia we have a uni program cosmetology. Can i get a job with this diploma?

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      Perry Romanowski

      I’m not familiar with the program and what it covers so I don’t really know.

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    Hi Perry,
    I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Biomedical Science.
    Am I able to become a cosmetic scientist and what Master should I get?

    Thank you,

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      Perry Romanowski

      Hello Lilly,

      Yes, you could become a cosmetic scientist. Start looking for a job in the industry. You don’t need to get a Masters degree but the programs at the University of Cincinnati and Fairleigh Dickenson are good choices if you do.

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    Hi there I am doing a masters in pharmaceutics in the UK and would very much like to go into the cosmetics industry- research/marketting. Please could you point me in the right direction in terms of employers and where to look for jobs.


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      See our tab at the top with more career articles

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    I am currently a senior and I will be graduating in may with a bachelors degree in chemistry minor in biology. I have an interest in becoming a cosmetic chemist. I am from new orleans and I plan to stay here to start my career. Do you have any advice on how I should get started finding a job? Should I just search for companies to work for?

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    angelina cheah

    can i know as a fresh graduate specialist diploma in cosmetic science and fragrance, how much is the minimum salary monthly will be paid??

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      Hello Angelina,

      This really depends on where you get a job. Average starting salary in the US will be around $30,000 – $35,000 per year ($2800 – 3000 / month)

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        i have done M.phil in physical chemistry, how can i enter in cosmetic chemist sphere, please suggest me

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    jyotshna begum

    cosmetic chemistry is very important to our day to day life.i am very much interested in this subject.i want to know about the locations of this subject specially in INDIA.plz give me the details if possible………

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