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What can I do with my degree in Chemistry?

Chemistry careers

You will find opportunities with employers in many different sectors, including food, manufacturing, energy, health and medical, the government, scientific research organisation, transport, oil and gas, renewables & nuclear.
Industries that rely on a degree in chemistry could include:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Agrochemical
  • Biotechnology
  • Perfumes and Cosmetics
  • Textiles and dyes
  • Paints
  • Petrochemicals
  • Polymers
  • Materials
  • Semi-conductors
  • Photographic
  • Bio Materials

A degree in chemistry could lead you to a graduate career in some of the following areas:

  • Analytical chemistry: analyse chemicals and investigate their properties to develop new products and treatments. (This could be in the Food utilities and Cosmetics industry)
  • Chemoinformatics: combine chemical expertise with informatics techniques to assess large quantities of information and address chemical issues.
  • Forensic science: investigate crime scenes and analyse samples.
  • Materials research: conduct technical investigations into the characteristics of various materials.
  • Pharmaceuticals: manufacture, develop and research new pharmaceutical products.
  • Scientific research- Science graduates will usually specialise in a specific area; they may be undertaking fundamental health research, developing IT technologies, refining manufacturing processes, or innovating solutions. There is a broad range of possibilities.
  • Agricultural Chemist - Agricultural chemists, also called agrochemists, collect and analyse samples for nutrient levels as well as levels of pesticides, heavy metals, and toxins
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Geochemist

The Royal Society of Chemistry have put together a really useful resource:

Thank you to Prospects for the content on these pages.

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Last Updated: 10/09/2019