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Studying Chemistry will equip you with a thorough understanding of the chemicals that exist in the world around us and give you the chance to make a real difference in people’s everyday lives, from food and medicine to technology and consumer goods.

$92,830

Chemists working in R&D earn an average of USD$92,830 a year

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The demand for chemists is expected to grow 4% by 2028

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More than 61% of Chemistry graduates find full-time employment after graduation

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The median salary for chemists is USD$83,850

Chemistry is a fascinating field that influences every facet of our lives, from the energy our cities run on to the medicines we take. By analysing how substances interact with each other and the molecular makeup of matter, chemists are able to develop new products and processes in a wide range of settings. Chemists might work with simple forms of matter, either to better understand the chemical, get insights into unfamiliar substances, or create new chemical compounds for various uses.

Whether you’re interested in developing new vaccines, conducting forensic analysis in criminal cases, improving the environment or formulating innovative cosmetic products, studying Chemistry can get you there.
To succeed in the world of Chemistry, you’ll need to be familiar with a wide range of analytical instruments and techniques. You will also handle hazardous materials on a daily basis and need to abide by the proper safety protocol at all times. Collecting data and writing reports are other major parts of the role, meaning you’ll need strong communication skills and a brilliant eye for detail.

In terms of personality, chemists tend to be investigative and inquisitive people. They are also methodical and logical, capable of creating hypotheses, following procedures and documenting results.

Typical workplaces for Chemistry graduates include offices, laboratories and chemical manufacturing plants, and you’ll be able to enjoy a good balance between working independently as well as contributing to a bigger team effort.
Chemistry is a field that requires a high level of education. 88% of chemists have a Bachelor's degree, while 7% have gone the extra mile by completing a Master’s degree. A Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Chemical Engineering are especially relevant pathways to consider. Other fascinating specialisations include nuclear chemistry, theoretical chemistry or neurochemistry.

As a rough guide, a Bachelor of Science costs around AUD$40,000 a year in Australia and roughly £30,000 a year in the UK. With a degree under your belt, you will be able to access careers in medical science, food science, chemical engineering and even out-of-the-box fields such as education and IT.
Most Chemistry graduates are employed in the private sector, while a smaller percentage work for government agencies or universities. The biggest employers of chemists are pharmaceutical companies, scientific research labs and chemical manufacturing plants, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to work on exciting research and development projects that make a real-world impact.

Chemistry is set to see modest job growth of around 4% a year, which is in line with the average across all careers. The average salary for chemists in the United States is USD$83,850, although top-range chemists earn an average of USD$125,400.

If you don’t end up working as a chemist or in a relevant specialisation, it’s also possible to become a scientist, educator, project manager or policymaker, to name just a few avenues!
There are dozens of pathways within Chemistry, meaning there’s a specialisation to suit everyone. Here are just some of the most popular careers to consider.

Research Chemists


Research chemists use their knowledge of chemical compounds to improve processes and products. They may work in cosmetics, electronics or pharmaceuticals, helping companies develop new products or improve existing products. Through their work, research chemists also help to advance scientific developments and theories.

Organic Chemist


Organic chemists study the structure and properties of molecules that contain carbon, as well as how these molecules react. Responsible for designing and developing new organic substances, organic chemists help companies continuously innovate and invent, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry.

Analytical Chemist


Analytical chemists play an important role in the development of science and medicine. Investigating the chemical nature of substances and their behaviour in different conditions, analytical chemists ensure products are safe for human consumption. Typically working in a pharmaceutical setting, analytical chemists may also work in the food and water industries.

Chemical Engineer


Chemical engineers are some of the most sought-after Chemistry professionals, responsible for designing and overseeing the industrial processes that are followed to create products and goods. From identifying opportunities for increased efficiency to preparing reports for stakeholders, chemical engineers are important intermediaries in industrial settings.

Clinical Biochemist


A clinical biochemist helps to diagnose and manage diseases by analysing bodily fluid samples. Working closely with GPs and clinicians, clinical biochemists determine the appropriate test to conduct, interpret the results of their chemical and biochemical analyses, and conduct follow-up tests if required. Clinical biochemists may work in independent laboratories or within a hospital itself.

Top Chemistry courses

Top Universities to study Chemistry

Monash University Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia

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The University of New England

The University of New England

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Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute

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Gordon Institute of TAFE

Gordon Institute of TAFE

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Holmesglen

Holmesglen

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Government Education and Training International-Tasmania

Government Education and Training International-Tasmania

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Monash University

Monash University

THE ranking: 57

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TAFE Western Australia

TAFE Western Australia

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Macquarie University

Macquarie University

THE ranking: 192

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The University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales

THE ranking: 70

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University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong

THE ranking: 201

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University of Technology Sydney

University of Technology Sydney

THE ranking: 143

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The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland

THE ranking: 54

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La Trobe University

La Trobe University

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle

THE ranking: 251

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Deakin University

Deakin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

THE ranking: 58

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Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

THE ranking: 301

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Flinders University

Flinders University

THE ranking: 251

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James Cook University

James Cook University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne

THE ranking: 33

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The Australian National University

The Australian National University

THE ranking: 54

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Murdoch University

Murdoch University

THE ranking: 501

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The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

THE ranking: 111

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Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology

THE ranking: 193

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The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia

THE ranking: 132

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Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University

THE ranking: 401

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Curtin University

Curtin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Southern Queensland

The University of Southern Queensland

THE ranking: 401

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TAFE NSW Institutes

TAFE NSW Institutes

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University of Tasmania (UTAS)

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

THE ranking: 301

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Griffith University

Griffith University

THE ranking: 201

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Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University

THE ranking: 201

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UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Acadia University

Acadia University

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University of Prince Edward Island

University of Prince Edward Island

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Trent University

Trent University

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Durham College

Durham College

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Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University

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University of Winnipeg

University of Winnipeg

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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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Laurentian University

Laurentian University

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Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University

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St. Francis Xavier University

St. Francis Xavier University

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Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University

THE ranking: 251

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Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto Metropolitan University

THE ranking: 801

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Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology

Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Seneca College

Seneca College

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Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech University

THE ranking: 601

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Algoma University

Algoma University

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Bishop's University

Bishop's University

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Brock University

Brock University

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Cambrian College

Cambrian College

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York University

York University

THE ranking: 401

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University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

THE ranking: 201

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Carleton University

Carleton University

THE ranking: 601

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Concordia University

Concordia University

THE ranking: 601

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MacEwan University

MacEwan University

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Langara College

Langara College

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Lakehead University

Lakehead University

THE ranking: 801

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Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University

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Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

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McMaster University

McMaster University

THE ranking: 80

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Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland

THE ranking: 601

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Selkirk College

Selkirk College

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Saint Mary's University

Saint Mary's University

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Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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Queen's University

Queen's University

THE ranking: 251

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Trinity Western University

Trinity Western University

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University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

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Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University

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Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University

THE ranking: 201

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University of Calgary

University of Calgary

THE ranking: 201

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University of Northern British Columbia

University of Northern British Columbia

THE ranking: 801

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University of Guelph

University of Guelph

THE ranking: 501

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University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

THE ranking: 37

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University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba

THE ranking: 301

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University of Alberta

University of Alberta

THE ranking: 125

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University of New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick

THE ranking: 601

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University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

THE ranking: 162

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Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University

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University of Windsor

University of Windsor

THE ranking: 601

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University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan

THE ranking: 501

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University of Victoria

University of Victoria

THE ranking: 301

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Western University

Western University

THE ranking: 201

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University of Toronto

University of Toronto

THE ranking: 18

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Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University

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British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

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Douglas College

Douglas College

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Lambton College

Lambton College

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St. Clair College

St. Clair College

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Auckland University of Technology

Auckland University of Technology

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato

THE ranking: 401

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Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

THE ranking: 501

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Massey University

Massey University

THE ranking: 601

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University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury

THE ranking: 501

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Ara Institute of Canterbury Limited

Ara Institute of Canterbury Limited

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The University of Otago

The University of Otago

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland

THE ranking: 137

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University of Regina

University of Regina

THE ranking: 601

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College of New Caledonia

College of New Caledonia

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Concordia University of Edmonton

Concordia University of Edmonton

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SAIT Polytechnic

SAIT Polytechnic

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New Brunswick Community College

New Brunswick Community College

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Mount Allison University

Mount Allison University

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University of Lethbridge

University of Lethbridge

THE ranking: 1201

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Dawson College

Dawson College

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TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland

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Red Deer Polytechnic

Red Deer Polytechnic

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Engineering Institute of Technology

Engineering Institute of Technology

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Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

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RMIT University

RMIT University

THE ranking: 301

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