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 118 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 74.2%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 57%
Self-employment/freelancing 3%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 2%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 1%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 26%
Taking time out to travel 3%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 3%
Doing something else 6%

Sector information

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 sectorNumber of graduates
Accounting and management consultancy 13
Wholesale and retail 11
Education 8
Finance and insurance 8
Manufacturing 7
Other sectors (15 sectors) 25

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Teach First
  • National Physical Laboratory
  • Defence Equipment and Support

Examples of occupations

  • Research Scientist
  • Analyst
  • Materials Scientist
  • Trainee Patent Attorney
  • Finance Consultant

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 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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Alexander, Lead Distillate Product Trading Operator, Philips 66 (MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience, 2009)

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