The Royal Society of Chemistry explains: 'green chemistry seeks to reduce the chemical-related impact on human health and the environment by the use of alternative, environmentally-friendly processes and reaction media'.
It isn't a separate branch of chemistry, but an approach that permeates every stage of process development.
To find out more, visit these websites:
Careers in this sub-sector include:
As green chemistry is an approach rather than a branch of chemistry, job titles will not always include a direct reference to green or sustainable chemistry.
By searching for jobs on websites that focus on green issues, you may be more likely to come across dedicated roles. Alternatively, talk to potential employers directly to ask about their green policies.
What employers look for
For many of the roles outlined above, a BSc or BA in one of a range of relevant subjects, for life or environmental sciences to engineering, law and geography, will be sufficient.
However, in cases where specialist knowledge is required at entry-level, a relevant postgraduate qualification may either be expected or advantageous. View the individual job profiles for further details on qualifications and then search the Prospects postgraduate courses database to find a list of the masters courses available to you.
Many roles within the environmental sector are popular and entry is competitive, so relevant experience that demonstrates your commitment to the issues will be an expectation.
That experience could come from volunteering with a local environmental charity or from a relevant internship or work placement. Many smaller companies will respond well to targeted, speculative applications.
Becoming a student member of a relevant professional institute will allow you to build your network, which could be beneficial when looking for work experience.
Joining and actively participating in a relevant student society will provide evidence of your commitment, and provide opportunities for networking.