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  • Getting a job with a chemistry degree (and not cosmetic science deg.)

    Posted by coschem on December 23, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Hi everyone,

    I am a recent graduate from one of the top university in Canada with a MSc degree in organic synthesis, on top of a BSc in chemistry as well. As I was nearing towards the end of my degree, I started to realize that I would enjoy working as a cosmetic chemistry in the future, rather than working in the pharmaceutical industry (which most people with an organic chemistry specialization usually end up). Growing up, I always had a passion for cosmetics, and I believe that was why I pursued chemistry early on.
    The problem is, where I’m looking for jobs (Toronto seems to be the ‘hub’ for cosmetic companies in Canada), most position require people with 2-5 years of experience in the cosmetic industry. I have some industrial experience doing synthesis and formulation work, but not in cosmetics. How do I even ‘set my foot into the door’ into the cosmetic industry so that I could eventually do formulation or product development work? I would not mind QA/QC work either, but I would much prefer doing formulations (even then they are looking for intermed/advanced QA techs). How do I even convince people that I know a thing or two about cosmetics, after receiving an education purely on chemistry? 

    At this point, I am not sure if I would want to get another degree in cosmetic science just yet.

    Thank you for your help and I look forward to the discussion!
    coschem replied 8 years, 6 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • OldPerry

    December 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I think your best bet would be to look at jobs at the raw material supplier companies of the cosmetic industry.  You can find those companies by looking at a list of industry suppliers like this.

    Also, be sure to get involved with the Ontario SCC. They hold a number of meetings during the year and the people that go to those meetings will be the ones who would be aware of available jobs.
    I don’t think you need to get a degree in cosmetic science at the moment. You could learn most of what you would need to know through a class like the SCC Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry course or even our online cosmetic science course.
    Good luck! 
  • coschem

    December 24, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Thank you for your helpful tips!

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