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A Career in Chemistry

What can I do with a degree in Chemistry?

The job opportunities available to graduates with a degree in chemistry are as far-reaching as the subject itself. In industries involving chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, food, textiles and timber, there are many opportunities for employment, working in areas such as research and development, quality control, marketing, sales or management. In addition, chemists play a leading role in agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, water quality control, in chemical, biochemical, and medical research units, and in the public sector, covering such areas as pollution monitoring, water purification and forensic work solving criminal cases.

Recent changes in environmental, occupational health and safety legislation have resulted in increased employment opportunities in both the public sector and industry. Additionally, the shortage of chemistry teachers is a perennial one, and chemistry graduates are in continual demand for commerce-related positions. Chemistry trains you to handle information and to deal with complex concepts. These are qualities sought after by many different employers and chemists can be found in areas as diverse as finance, law, politics and retailing. The University's Careers Advisory Service can be a very useful course of information when looking to apply for jobs.

Graduate profiles:

Described on these pages are career paths followed by some of the recent graduates from the Chemistry Department at the University of Otago, arranged according to the degree taken: namely BSc, BSc(Hons), MSc and PhD.

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