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About the NextGen Initiative

The NextGen initiative was launched in 2015 by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists to address the needs of early careerists, young professionals and undergraduate/post-graduate students in the cosmetics and personal care industry. The initiative consists of special education, networking and other events specifically designed to assist the “next generation” of formulators, innovators, and ground-breakers in the industry.

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Highlights of 

  • Relationships with more than 20 higher education institutions worldwide that have a focus on cosmetic chemistry and related degrees.
  • Continuing education courses held throughout the year, designed to address what early careerists and those new to the industry need to know now.
  • Significantly discounted student and junior member access fees to local and national events.
  • Career development programs, including opportunities to personally connect with potential employers in all facets of the industry – from finished goods houses to material suppliers and contract manufacturers to regulatory agencies.
  • National and local chapter opportunities for students to present their research and scientific posters to industry leaders, some of which are afforded scholarships or prizes.
  • Opportunities to meet industry and subject matter experts in every aspect of the cosmetics and personal care industry including academia, government, testing/claims professionals, formulators, consultants, legal and insurance specialists, and more.


[COMING SOON] Mentoring Program

  • Engage in one-on-one mentoring relationships with expert leaders in the field.
  • Embark on a journey of personal and professional development.
  • Forge meaningful relationships and unlock new opportunities in your career.

Interested in purchasing an SCC Honor Cord?

Purchase the SCC Honor Cord to celebrate your graduation day with an SCC flair! The double stranded bright green and white cord reflects not only the SCC colors and logo, but also your membership within the Society of Cosmetic Chemists!

Note: purchase of an honor cord requires an active SCC membership.

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“The SCC Career Development Day was an excellent opportunity for us to meet and interact with bright, new talent about to begin their cosmetic industry careers, and to see if any of these young individuals would be a good fit for our company. The format of the Career Day allowed us to spend quite a bit of time with each person, to find out more about them and their aspirations, resulting in a long list of prospective candidates to discuss with our team back in the office. I highly recommend this event and will be glad to participate again next year.” - Benjamin Blinder; Gattefossé


“The SCC has opened many doors for me in my future career as a cosmetic chemist. I have been able to connect with various professionals, attend scientific meetings and conferences, and learn more about the cosmetic science industry as a whole. Not to mention the outstanding SCC Career Development Day - where I was able to speak with representatives from the graduate programs and hear from companies in the industry that gave me insight and allowed me to judge if it was a good fit for me in the future. I would very much recommend it to any student interested in cosmetic science.” - Najay Brown; Florida State University Class of 2020

SCC Networking

Students are encouraged to participate by submitting an abstract of original work where they can exhibit on topics relevant to cosmetic science. This offers students the opportunity to present their ideas and findings in poster format to potential employers within the industry. Learn more

Careers in
Cosmetic Science

Careers in the cosmetic sciences present exciting, challenging opportunities for people with diversified areas of interest and training to contribute to the development of new and improved personal care products. The SCC has created a brochure for information on potential “Careers in the Cosmetic Sciences”. 

Schools with Cosmetic Science Programs

Before starting a career in the cosmetics and personal care industry, you’ll need the right formal training. If you are interested in learning the technical information of cosmetic science but not sure where to begin, click here for a list of schools offering Cosmetic Science programs and online courses.