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Professional Organizations
Professional organizations and associations provide a wide range of resources for planning and navigating a career in Chemistry. These groups can play a key role in your development and keep you abreast of what is happening in your area of specialization. Most maintain a website and many of the associations have special pages for high school and/or college students with questions about careers in the field. 

Associations promote the interests of their members and provide a network of contacts that can help you find jobs and move your career forward. They can offer a variety of services including job referral services, continuing education courses, insurance, travel benefits, periodicals, and meeting and conference opportunities. Some of these organizations have special interest in issues related to women or underrepresented minority groups.

The following is a partial list of professional associations serving the field of chemistry. A broader list of professional associations is also available by clicking here.

  • American Chemical Society
    The American Chemical Society is an organization that provides a broad range of opportunities for peer interaction and career development, regardless of professional or scientific interests. The programs and activities conducted by ACS today are the products of a tradition of excellence in meeting member needs that dates from the Society's founding in 1876.
  • American Chemistry Council
    Represents the American chemical industry. Information about the Responsible Care initiative, news articles, press releases, research and testing, and public health.
  • International Council of Chemical Associations
    International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) is the world-wide voice of the chemical industry, representing chemical manufacturers and producers all over the world. It accounts for more than 75 per cent of chemical manufacturing operations with a production exceeding USD 1,6 trillion annually.
  • National Science Teachers Association
    The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.


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