Career options

A qualification in chemistry opens doors to a wide range of careers. Chemistry is involved in our everyday lives and there is a vast range of jobs and careers open to those who have studied chemistry at any level; great career opportunities exist both inside and outside the lab. From finding solutions to climate change to finding new medicines and even creating new materials, chemistry is vital.

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Changing lives

There are so many areas of human and animal health – developing medicines, cutting air pollution, working in antibiotic resistance, progressing medical devices and prosthetics – in which chemistry plays a vital role, prolonging and improving life.

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Fixing the future

Chemical scientists with their eye on the bigger picture: meet those who work to relieve the increasing pressures on the world’s resources.

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Challenging opinions

A collection of short videos showcasing chemical science careers that challenge current thinking.

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Being the catalyst

Chemical scientists sparking change: video profiles from industry, research, business and education.

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Innovating industry

Video snapshots of real-life chemists who are using their skills to help improve how industry runs.


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    Job profiles

    Real-life stories from real-life chemical scientists. Find out what jobs in chemistry can involve and the qualifications that will get you there.

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    What jobs can I do?

    So many fields, so many jobs. A chemistry qualification can lead to work you may never have thought of. Discover more about the areas you can work.

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    Employability skills

    Studying chemistry gives you skills that a wide range of sectors are looking for. Here are just a few examples.

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    What will I earn?

    A guide to chemical scientists’ salaries, based on real-life evidence. Plus find out how to learn more.

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    Work experience

    There’s nothing like hands-on experience. Here’s how to find it, with a list of organisations you can contact.

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    Do I need chemistry to …

    You’ve got a chemistry A-level or equivalent but will it help you study medicine, dentistry or pharmacy – or become a vet?