Careers in chemistry

As a chemist you analyse, create and synthesise substances. You model and test the predictive power of theories and measure the physical properties of substances.

You can find job opportunities in the pharmaceutical, food and agricultural industries. You can also look for opportunities in forensic laboratories, education (secondary and tertiary), scientific institutes and environmental and government agencies.

You can look for jobs in a number of areas including analytical chemistry, resource development, laboratory supervision, research, environmental monitoring, consumer affairs, corrosion control, quality control and teaching. If you majored in forensic chemistry may find work in government forensic laboratories, private DNA testing labs or state or federal police departments.

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Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in chemistry:

  • Technical laboratory skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving and analytical proficiency
  • Investigation and research techniques
  • Teamwork skills
  • Project management skills

Related roles include:

  • Quality control chemist
  • Industrial research chemist
  • Geochemist
  • Forensic chemist
  • Environmental chemist
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Science journalist
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Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for chemists at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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