Helping you find a career in the chemistry industry
There are a variety of chemistry careers available, including: laboratory technician/scientist, analytical chemist, biochemist, toxicologist, pharmacologist, and chemical engineer. Positions can either focus on pure research (usually in an academic context) or applied research (most often in a private sector position or in a public body).
Chemistry-related positions can be found in academic research, private sector industry (pharmaceuticals, toiletries, food & drink, consumer goods, oil & gas, mining & metallurgy) and within public sector and regulatory bodies (for example the NHS, the Food Standards Agency or the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy). Chemistry roles in private sector organisations can often be found in research & development (R&D) departments.
Careers in chemistry typically involve scientific research within laboratories, performing analysis on different materials to understand their chemical properties and potential applications within industry, to develop new drugs and chemical therapies, to test the safety of different products or to understand potential impacts of compounds at a molecular level. You may well be involved in the development of new methodologies for testing and research. Research projects can be quite long-term, requiring chemists to work in multidisciplinary teams, alongside non-scientists.
While most careers within chemistry will involve significant practical scientific work, you may also need to prepare written reports for experts and non-experts, including in industry publications or for use in commercial decision-making (for instance reporting on the performance of a new material or pharmaceutical product to support an investment decision). Chemical engineers will also work in manufacturing and industrial sites, designing processes and technologies to support the Production process.