In simplest terms, chemistry is the science of matter. Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen or felt is made of chemicals.


Chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things. Some chemists work on cures for cancer while others monitor the ozone protecting us from the sun. Still others discover new materials to make our homes warmer in the winter, or new textiles to be used in the latest fashions. The knowledge gained through the study of chemistry opens many career pathways. Here are just a few of the careers chosen by chemists:

  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Sales
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Consumer Product Chemistry
  • Food and Flavor Chemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Oil and Petroleum
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • R&D Management
  • Textile Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Education
  • Chemical Information Specialists
  • Chemical Technology
  • Consulting
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Materials Science
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Pulp and Paper Chemistry
  • Science Writing
  • Water Chemistry


In addition, a good pass at Higher Chemistry is seen as a very worthwhile qualification and can help gain access to University courses not directly involving Chemistry – such as Law, Accountancy etc.



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