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I'm very interested in doing a chemistry degree at uni, but I'm worried that it would be hard to find a job after I graduate, seeing as chemistry is quite a broad degree compared to others that are specific (eg: Pharmacy or chemical engineering)

So to those who have done, or know someone that has done, a chemistry degree, how easy/hard was it to find a job, and what type of jobs do chemistry degrees lead to? Also, as a whole, do you think chemistry is a good course?
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Whilst I agree chemistry is a broad area that isn't necessarily a bad thing- you develop a wide variety of skills in a multitude of area's (very employable skill!!) When all is said and done it basically comes down to what sort of career you want! Analytical chemistry is a huge huge industrial area, although its not something that (at least in my opinion) is particularly interesting. Long term my plan is to try and aim for a research career, so thats something that i would find stimulating and worthwhile, but if thats not something that interests you, then the biggest employers for a chemistry degree (assuiming you stay in the chemical industry) would probably be the aforementioned analytical industry or the pharmaceutical industry
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(Original post by CookieMonster456)
I'm very interested in doing a chemistry degree at uni, but I'm worried that it would be hard to find a job after I graduate, seeing as chemistry is quite a broad degree compared to others that are specific (eg: Pharmacy or chemical engineering)

So to those who have done, or know someone that has done, a chemistry degree, how easy/hard was it to find a job, and what type of jobs do chemistry degrees lead to? Also, as a whole, do you think chemistry is a good course?
A Chemistry degree opens a lot of doors. You'll find at university that recruiters often don't care about what subject you did and place a lot more emphasis on your experience from university i.e when did you work in a team? give an example of when you were a leader? etc.

I have friends going into consultancy, law, chemistry, teaching or finance. I think a broader degree like Chemistry is much better than e.g pharmacy because if gives you the opportunity to specialise further as your interests change, rather than being funnelled into a career that you had to choose at 17. You have the additional bonus of doing a quantitative degree.

I wouldn't pick a degree based on the career you want out of it unless you are absolutely certain. Just pick something you are good at and think you would enjoy, because your university experience will be much more positive and you'll get more out of it.
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