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Helping you find a career as a Chemist

Chemists research and study chemicals and examine how those chemicals behave in different conditions. Jobs in this sector require a strong academic grounding and, typically, a relevant degree. If you have an enquiring mind and a passion for scientific processes a role as a chemist may be for you.

What does a Chemist do?
  • Inventing, testing and developing new products

  • Investigating environmental problems and potential solutions

  • Investigating and treating illness and disease

  • Teaching or carrying out academic research

  • Conducting laboratory experiments

  • Writing reports and articulating findings
Skills & interests required for a Chemist
  • A thirst for scientific knowledge

  • Attention to detail

  • Scientific numerical and technical skills are a must

  • An Analytical mind-set

  • Keen on problem solving and logic problems

  • Good verbal and written communication skills
What hours does a Chemist typically do?
9AM-5PM Monday to Friday with occasional evenings and weekends is typical for a chemist. You may need to be on-call in some roles.
What environment is a Chemist based in?
Between laboratories, the field, educational institutions, businesses and offices, a chemist can work in many environments.
How much does a Chemist get paid?
Junior chemists are paid around £18,000-£24,000 but more experience can see a chemist’s salary exceed £50,000. This is dependent on the role you’re in and the employer you work for.
Perks & benefits
Field work can be an exciting bonus in some roles and in others there can be engaging opportunities to be at the forefront of scientific advancement.
What qualifications does a Chemist need?
You will need a degree in a relevant subject, for example chemistry or bio-chemistry, and a supporting postgraduate qualification. However there are some roles accessible via apprenticeship.

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