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School of Chemistry

The chemical and pharmaceutical industry in the UK is the UK’s second biggest sector with £55.5 billion of revenues and £19.2 billion value added in 2018. Many companies offer excellent graduate opportunities for School of Chemistry graduates.  

A degree from the School of Chemistry will equip you with a range of transferable skills that you can use in the chemistry or wider science sector.  Transferable skills gained from a science degree are much sought after in a number of other industries, the financial sector in particular; just because you have a degree from the School of Chemistry doesn’t mean you have to work in the science sector.

There are a number of resources available to help you choose which career you would like to pursue. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do yet, the links below may help you to decide.

Confused? What are your options?

What can I do with my degree?

You can see what careers other graduates who studied your degree entered by reading the Prospects ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ guide:

What Do Graduates Do?

Career Options

Some of the roles that School of Chemistry graduates go into are listed below. This is only a snapshot of occupations, the list is vast:

  • Analytical Chemist
  • DNA Analyst
  • Biotechnologist
  • Clinical Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Food Analyst
  • Science Teacher
  • Science Writer
  • Research Scientist
  • Scientific Laboratory Technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Medical Sales Rep

Job Search

There are a large number of companies that recruit chemistry graduates, some large, multinational companies and some smaller regional companies. Some companies recruit through their own websites so it is helpful to highlight some companies that you may be interested in and search the career pages on their websites.

Some companies use recruitment organisations to advertise their graduate roles. These recruitment sites can be particularly useful if they specialise in the scientific areas that you are interested in. Recruitment organisations can either operate as an agency or a jobs board, you will need to research each company to find out what they specialise in and how they work.

Many large scientific companies engage scientific recruitment agencies to support their recruitment practices so registering with an agency in your chosen area may be helpful in your last few months of university. Agencies will recruit staff on behalf of a company so registering your CV with them could be helpful, they may also advertise roles on their website to apply directly though too.

Useful Chemistry Job Sites

The following are some job sites that may interest you as a Chemistry student:

Scientific Job Sites and Agencies

The following are job sites that specifically list scientific roles:

Forensic Science Providers

The following organisations provide opportunities in Forensic Science:

Grad Scheme Options

Below are just some of the graduate scheme options you may be interested in with a degree in Chemistry. But remember there are many graduate schemes that are open to graduates from any discipline.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

For general support and information about protected characteristics please visit our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion page. The following organisations focus on and promote diversity and equality in science:

  • Pride in STEM – their goal is to raise the profile of LGBT+ people in science, technology, engineering and maths/medicine (STEM) as well as to highlight the struggles LGBTSTEM people often face. They aim to “queer up science spaces” and to “science up queer spaces”.
  • BBSTEM – inspires the young Black British generation to pursue STEM subjects in university and beyond. 
  • STEMM Disability Advisory Committee– providing support across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine for disabled workers, current and aspiring disabled students and their teachers.
  • WISE– enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career in chemistry, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat. 

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