Employment Destinations

Chemistry graduates are well positioned to begin a career with a high starting salary and the chance to earn in excess of £60,000 per annum as their career develops.

A chemistry degree opens up a wide range of employment opportunities, not only in chemistry-related industries but also in:

  • management
  • teaching
  • government
  • forensics
  • medicine
  • public health
  • journalism

Some of our previous graduates have gone on to work for global companies such as BP Oil Company, Boots chemists, Mobil, Pfizer, and Procter & Gamble.

According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, chemistry graduates have been employed in the following positions:

Project manager Household goods senior scientist Medicinal chemist Policy advisor
Sustainability consultant  Flavourist and innovation decorator Director of IRC in biomedical materials Senior committee specialist
Registered scientist  Applications chemist Director of medicinal chemistry Patent attorney
Chief chemist  Quality assurance chemist  Experimental chemist Investor relations manager
Environmental chemist  Fragrance chemist  Cancer researcher Tax accountant
Director of enterprise and communication  Consumer products technician  Analytical scientist Publishing
Project leader in enhanced experimentation Senior sports scientist   Research portfolio director Policy researcher 
Engineer  Science communicator    

Chemistry graduates can also apply to the RSC become chartered chemists. This is a recognised professional qualification which demonstrates to potential employers that you are committed to your profession. This will show that you've achieved an accredited standard of competence in addition to your qualifications.