What jobs can I do?

A chemistry qualification opens the door to a wide range of careers options, both in and out of the lab

You could help develop a life-saving vaccine. Or invent a new way to cut air pollution. Or create a new type of biodegradable plastic. Chemical scientists all over the world are working on climate change, human health, sustainable energy…issues that impact us all.

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What do you care most about?

  • Changing lives. As a chemist you could be developing new medicines, vaccines and medical devices
  • Fixing the future.  Chemical scientists are finding ways to cope with the increasing pressures on energy, food, water and other scarce natural resources and to live more sustainably
  • Innovating industry. As a chemistry professional you could be developing sustainable products and materials, and improving processes
  • Challenging opinions. How about promoting scientific research and lobbying for policy changes.
  • Being the catalyst. You could inspire others through teaching chemistry
  • Working outside the lab in areas like the law, finance, journalism, the government and teaching

You will be part of an estimated 275,000-strong workforce (2019) and contribute an enormous £87 billion to UK GDP (2019). Want to find out more?

Jobs, sectors and locations of chemistry-using professionals in 2019 (pdf 660kb)

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