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I am one of the few people I know that’s major, chemistry, actually matched my career.  My college, San Jose State University, had both a BA and BS degree in chemistry.  The difference was the BS required German or Russian and the BA required a minor.  My minor was biology, and my first job was at a pharmaceutical company.  I was hired because I had both chemistry and biology knowledge.  About half way through my career, I got down sized and ended up in an aerospace company, doing work on the chemistry of high performance composite materials.

Chemistry major with a chemistry career
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I was a child that moved so often, (8 elementary/middle schools) and finally went to to high school in Arroyo Grande California. I ended up at San Jose State University graduating in Chemistry, minor in Biology. Got married, and had two sons. Unfortunately, my wife passed 35 years later. I worked initially in the pharmaceutical industry. After being down-sized, I ended up in the aerospace field, working on satellites. I still live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  1. Suzy says:

    Hey Joe, thanks for this story! Sounds like you actually majored in exactly the right thing!

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    You are one of the few who wrote on this prompt who actually did what he/she studied and prepared to do in college. Bravo on your focus.

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