Examples of career pathways in Chemistry Examples of career pathways in Chemistry

Our graduates are involved in major industries such as pharmaceuticals, foods, plastics, transport, healthcare, agrochemicals, education, science media and energy production. They are applying chemical techniques at the forefront of atmospheric research, forensic science and security and medical imaging to name but a few.

Many chemistry graduates choose to continue with their studies. Indeed over the past five years, over a third of each class graduating from the School went on to further study on postgraduate courses, including MSc's and PhD's, with the majority opting to stay at the University to pursue these. Many who enter research laboratories become involved in the development and formulation of new drugs, the determination of biomolecular structures and functions, or the devising of new synthetic polymers from sources other than oil.

Careers in Industry

Many chemistry graduates pursue a career in industry. We live in an age of molecular technology which ensures that chemistry graduates are in demand across the pharmaceutical, chemical, materials and biotechnology industries. Career paths include research and development, environmental monitoring, forensic science and management.

Science Journalism

Science journalists have a vital role to play as intermediaries between science and the public. They have a crucial role in explaining the complexities of the latest discoveries in pure and applied science, whether working for television, the internet or newspapers.


The commercial sector is a large employer of chemistry graduates. The analytical and problem solving skills developed during a chemistry degree are highly regarded and there are many opportunities for ‘fast track' careers in the public sector, law, management and consultancy.

Academia and Teaching

Chemistry graduates are highly sought after by the teaching profession, which offers stimulating and rewarding careers for those looking to inspire the next generation. Other graduates pursue careers in universities, studying to PhD level, going on to cutting edge research and teaching undergraduates. In summary, chemistry helps us to understand the world and having a chemistry degree opens up a world of opportunities. There has never been a more exciting time to study chemistry!

The UEA Careers and Employability Service supports students to reflect on their skills and aspirations and relate these to potential jobs and careers. They also give advice and run invaluable workshops on finding vacancies, interview techniques and how you can write your CV effectively for job or higher-degree applications.