Why Study Chemistry?

Despite the amazing success of Chemistry, there are many challenges that remain. Amongst many others, we need to develop new energy sources, make better use of our energy supplies by creating energy-efficient lighting, transport and materials, more powerful batteries, biodegradable plastics, industrial processes that are less damaging to the environment, more efficient fertilisers, and pharmaceuticals for the treatment of disease.

Chemistry Careers

Chemistry degrees open up diverse career opportunities in the public and private sectors and many graduates continue their studies by taking higher degrees.

Some likely areas of graduate employment are:

  • All areas of chemical industry, ranging from multinational oil, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, to a host of smaller enterprises producing new and specialised products
  • Public health and environmental protection
  • Research in universities, government institutes, industry and private agencies
  • Teaching
  • Patent agencies, scientific journalism
  • Forensic science
  • Postgraduate medicine conversion courses

Graduates can also seek employment in a wide range of non-chemistry related industries, due to the many valuable transferable skills that are developed by a degree in Chemistry—for example, numeracy, data analysis, computing, practical skills, critical evaluation and presentation of both written and verbal reports. Such skills are highly valued by employers and are required in many areas of managerial and administrative work, in business, commerce, finance, banking or the Civil Service. Chemists have moved easily into occupations in all of these areas.