Chemistry graduate destinations
A Chemistry degree provides graduates with skills applicable to a broad range of careers, especially where their analytical, problem-solving, research and IT skills are highly valued.
Data obtained from
- Chemistry (BSc and MSci), including courses with industrial experience or study abroad
- Chemical Physics (BSc and MSci), including courses with industrial experience or study abroad
- Graduates from the UK
Responses were received from 147 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 93.6%
|Most important activity||Percentage of graduates|
|Due to start work||2%|
As well as related jobs, Chemists also enter careers not directly related to the content of their studies. Large numbers of graduate vacancies (currently around 70%) are open to graduates of any degree discipline and areas where Chemists have found work include finance, management, education and careers within the public sector.
|Employment sector||Number of graduates|
|Accounting and management consultancy||13|
|Wholesale and retail||11|
|Finance and insurance||8|
|Other sectors (15 sectors)||25|
Employers and occupations
Examples of employers
- Deloitte LLP
- Ministry of Defence
- Agar Scientific Ltd
- Mime Consulting
Examples of occupations
- Audit Associate
- Management Consultant
- Trainee Accountant
- Graduate Research Scientist
- Data Analyst
A large proportion of Chemistry graduates enter further study. The programmes undertaken are mostly research, e.g. Chemical Synthesis (PhD), Functional Nanomaterials (PhD), Physical Chemisty (PhD), Synthesis for Medicine and Biology (DPhil); many more enter teaching through a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
|Qualification type||Number of graduates|
|Postgraduate research degree||23|
|Postgraduate taught degree||9|
|No qualification aim||0|
Explore your career options
You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?
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