Careers and Employability Service

What can I do with my degree in Chemistry?

Skills gained

As well as developing strong lab skills a degree in Chemistry gives you ability to demonstrate the following skills that are highly valued by employers:

  • Numerical ability,
  • Problem-solving,
  • Analytical skills
  • Written and oral communication
  • Lab skills
  • Excellent teamwork
  • Time-management skills from planning and carrying out experiments
  • Expertise in IT, including processing data and using computer software models.

Work Experience and internship opportunities
Chemistry related jobs are particularly competitive, so it is valuable, and sometimes crucial, to gain practical experience in the field.
Work experience demonstrates your commitment to the career and knowledge of what is involved.
During your course, you could also use the summer holidays or evenings and weekends to get some experience through paid opportunities or voluntary work.
A number of organisations offer work experience including:

You could also try contacting science museums, research and clinical laboratories, conservation facilities or pharmaceutical companies and life science companies directly.  The following links are useful links of companies:


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Last Updated: 10/09/2019