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Careers with a Chemistry degree

A Chemistry degree may open more doors than you think. See what career possibilities there are if you’re qualified in this area.

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  1. What can you do with a Chemistry degree?

  2. Career options

  3. Who employs Chemistry graduates?

What can you do with a Chemistry degree?

A degree in Chemistry doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be working with chemicals in a lab. Yes, you could be developing new drugs or finding impurities in meat products. But you could alternatively be powering machines with sustainable energy or working on protecting the intellectual property of chemical inventions.

And the transferable skills you have – from computer literacy to analytical thinking – make you employable in many sectors and industries. Chemistry graduates work in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, IT, finance and management, to name a few. Many students go into further study or research.

Career options

Chemistry graduates go into careers like:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Clinical biochemist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Policy analyst
  • Process chemist
  • Quality control analyst
  • Research scientist
  • Science writer
  • Site chemist
  • Teacher or lecturer

Other potential opportunities include:

  • Accountant
  • Agricultural consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • IT consultant
  • Management consultant
  • Market reporter
  • Materials scientist
  • Oceanographer
  • Patent attorney
  • Pharmacologist
  • Sales representative
  • Software engineer

Who employs Chemistry graduates?

Examples of employers looking for graduates with Chemistry skills:

  • AstraZeneca
  • BASF
  • Environment Agency
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Konica Minolta
  • Oxford Photovoltaics
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Sun Chemical

If you go into research or teaching, typical employers include universities, research institutes and schools.

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