The most popular graduate level employment sectors nationally for chemistry graduates to progress into are:
- Other professionals, associate professionals and technicians (19.9%)
- Science professionals (16.6%)
- Business, HR and finance professionals (15.8%)
(HECSU - What Do Graduates Do? 2018)
Chemistry graduates have the scientific and laboratory skills which are directly required for scientific research, analysis and technician level roles in a range of chemistry-related sectors such as:
- oil and gas
- food and drink,
These roles could involve research and development, analysis, testing and quality assurance of new and existing chemical-based products and materials, as well as computational modelling, data analysis and other IT or technical support for research and development.
Chemistry students looking to pursue their education further through a PhD could also progress into academic research and teaching.
Chemistry graduates can use their science knowledge outside the lab in areas such as teaching, science communication and writing and patent law.
Science beyond the Lab
On a more general level, the transferable skills of chemistry students including analytical problem solving, IT, numerical and communication skills, can be well applied to a range of graduate roles in sectors such as:
- business and finance
There are also opportunities for enterprise and self-employment, particularly where new scientific techniques, devices, compounds or materials have been discovered and developed. A number of ‘spin-out’ companies have been established as a direct result of university research.