Careers in Chemistry

Chemistry Future Students


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What is Chemistry?

Think you know what you’re made of? Look closely — very close — and you’ll begin to see that it’s more than meets the eye. Chemistry is the science of understanding these building blocks. It spans all aspects of our lives, from our health and nutrition to the management of an environmentally sustainable world. You’ll study the composition and properties of matter, how it reacts and transforms, and how we can use those changes to create new substances.


Make an Impact

Chemists play a role in dealing with many challenges we face, including pollution, fresh water scarcity, food production, and vaccine and drug development. A biochemist may devote their life to discovering cancer treatments with decreased side effects, while an environmental chemist could research ways to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals that enter our lakes. At the molecular level, the potential for meaningful discoveries is endless.


Career Opportunities

Chemists are involved in many fields, including environmental protection, pharmaceutical science, forensic science, toxicology, agricultural science, food science, education, geochemistry, biochemistry, materials science, biotechnology, oceanography, computer modelling, and plant management. Graduates from a 3-year BSc in Chemistry may proceed to professional schools in a health-related area (such as pharmacy, medicine, veterinary medicine, or dentistry), or to careers as diverse as education, library science, business administration, public administration, engineering and law. Graduates with 4-year or Honours degrees in Chemistry usually proceed directly to employment or to graduate school (to obtain an MSc or PhD degree). Ultimately, most obtain jobs either as technicians, managers, consultants or research scientists in industry or government.

  • Medicine or Dentistry
  • Pharmaceutical or Chemical Companies
  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Government Laboratories
  • Forensics, Police Laboratories
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Agriculture and Food Science
  • Mining, Forestry, and Fisheries


Chemistry Publications

To learn more about the exciting world of Chemistry, please reference the links below.