Life After PC

The Anna E. Lavoie Lecture by Kelly Page ’93

Combining your chemistry or biochemistry degree with the broad-based liberal arts education we offer at PC will prepare you for an increasingly diverse set of career options, a rapidly changing economy, and a highly competitive job market. Our graduates are equipped with the critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, communication skills, and resilient mindsets to handle the challenges of an unpredictable world. In addition to the resources available through the Center for Career Education and Professional Development, the faculty in the Department have extensive networks to get you hired.

By the Numbers

95 percent of recent graduates are employed and/or attending school (Class years 2018-2022)


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are attending school and employed


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Where can you find a Friar?

First Jobs of Recent Graduates – We place our recent graduates into good-paying positions in the public and private sector, which reflects the rigor and quality of our curriculum. The return on investment of a PC STEM degree is high.

  • Pfizer – Associate Scientist Analytical R&D
  • Pharmasol Corporation – Quality Control Chemist
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries – Associate Analytical Chemist
  • Charm Sciences, Inc. – Quality Control Analyst
  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic – Medical Scribe
  • Capital Project Delivery – Associate Project Manager
  • Quest Diagnostics – Medical Technologist
  • Ring Therapeutics – Research Associate
  • Siemens Healthineers – Laboratory Technician
  • AmericanBio, Inc. – Formulation Chemist

Selected Careers/Places of Employment – Our wide network of alumni are leaders in their fields – as scientists who discover ground-breaking new technologies, patent attorneys and project managers that get those tools to market, entrepreneurs that establish paradigm-shifting companies, and teachers/professors who inspire the next generation of scientists, plus many more. Our alumni frequently return to campus to interact with our students and talk about their career trajectories.

Lavoie Lecture , Dr. W. Eddie Martucci '04 , Ruane Center for the Humanities
  • Merck – Associate Principal Scientist
  • Fish and Richardson, P.C. – Principal (Intellectual Property Attorney)
  • Millipore Sigma – Certified Quality Engineer
  • Wall Street Journal – Health Reporter
  • Takeda Oncology – Head of Global Cell Therapy Commercialization
  • Visual Data Tools, Inc. – Managing Director and CEO
  • Spectrum Coatings – President
  • Exemplify Biopharma – Senior Process Chemist
  • Roger Williams University – Lecturer
  • New York Institute of Technology – President
  • Bates College – Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Shiseido Americas Corporation – Senior Scientist
  • Rhode Island Hospital – Emergency Medicine Physician

Selected Graduate Schools – Our students attend the best graduate schools in the country, due in part to the training and mentoring they receive from faculty on their collaborative research projects. If you are interested in attending graduate school, speak to a faculty member about becoming a part of their research group.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Providence College Laboratory, Lab, Students and Professor Dr. John 'Jack' Breen III, Ph.D, Brianna Abbott '17
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • Columbia University
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • New York University
  • University of California-San Diego
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Connecticut
  • Northwestern University

Selected Pre-Professional Schools – Many students decide to use their STEM degrees in a clinical setting by becoming physicians, dentists, physician’s assistants, and other health professionals. Others want to pursue the business side of chemistry by earning advanced degrees marketing, management, or journalism. A list of pre-professional schools (medical, dental, PA, MBA, etc.) is provided below.

  • Boston University
  • Drexel University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Notre Dame
  • New York University