Is a chemistry degree worth it Watch

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I am thinking of applying for a chemistry degree, however am worried about the jobs within the sector. What jobs could I possibly get with a chemistry degree & do you recommend a chemistry degree??

I take Biology, Chemistry & Product Design Alevels - and wondering what I should do at Uni.

Please help, thank you
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If you research on chemistry jobs you can find a list of them
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I disagree with the above assessment; at worst, a chemistry degree is as good as any other degree might be for getting a graduate job. A degree is a necessary, but importantly, not sufficient requirement to get a graduate job. it is no longer the case (and hasn't been for a long time) that a degree, no matter what subject it's in (or even what university it's from) is not a guarantee that you'll find a job. There are plenty of people with degrees in e.g. engineering, computer science etc, that are unemployed after graduating because they assumed the degree would be enough to get a job and didn't undertake the necessary preparations (e.g. undertaking work placements, vacation schemes, internships etc) to make themselves employable.

So, to expand a little, a chemistry degree would be a suitable background to go onto any "generalist" role as a graduate i.e. roles in business, media, banking, many civil service roles etc. It's also a suitable (and in some cases necessary) background for many "specialist" roles, generally a broad range of STEM careers in chemical and biological lab environments, as well as more broadly in quality assurance, some policy roles, various environmental related roles, etc. It's also as suitable as any other degree for going into law, provided you do a GDL or pass the new SQE, and are able to successfully apply for a training contract.

Royal Society of Chemistry may also be able to offer some suggestions about careers in chemistry (or otherwise, following a chemistry degree). CheeseIsVeg is doing chemistry and might be able to advise on his plans and experiences as well
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(Original post by Ravenreyes)
I am thinking of applying for a chemistry degree, however am worried about the jobs within the sector. What jobs could I possibly get with a chemistry degree & do you recommend a chemistry degree??

I take Biology, Chemistry & Product Design Alevels - and wondering what I should do at Uni.

Please help, thank you
Hi there
Please don't be worried - there are plenty of jobs, not just within the scientific side of things but by doing a Chemistry course you learn so many transferable skills! E.g: problem solving, team-working, management, analytical, numerical, report-writing, presentational etc... + more
Chemistry students are well known to go onto further study/research but many options are also open for you in Accounting, Law, Management, Business etc.

I study Chemistry at the University of Southampton, we recently had an Alumni careers talk. We had 1 who works in law, 1 accountant, 1 who works in NMR analytics in an industry-background and 1 who works at the Royal Society of Chemistry as an editor for one of their journals.

The best thing about studying a Chemistry degree is definitely how sought after graduates are and also how your skills can be applied to a whole range of areas. I think most doors are left open to you after pursuing the degree!

Hope this helps,
Cheese

P.S My further plans are mostly in research at the moment but I am taking 6 months in an industrial placement hopefully next year so maybe they will change - who knows! :giggle:


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(Original post by Ravenreyes)
I am thinking of applying for a chemistry degree, however am worried about the jobs within the sector. What jobs could I possibly get with a chemistry degree & do you recommend a chemistry degree??

I take Biology, Chemistry & Product Design Alevels - and wondering what I should do at Uni.

Please help, thank you
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There a LOADS of careers you could go into with a chemsitry degree. You could obviously do research or work in education, or you could work in a lab-based job directly related to the degree. You gain a lot of transferrable skills from a degree like chemistry, so a lot of students also go into busniess, finance, marketing etc. A lot of degrees give you the option to do something like "Chemistry with marketing". For example, at Bath we offer Chemistry, Chemistry with Management, and Chemistry for Drug Discovery. You can find some information on examples of jobs our Chemistry graduates go on to do through this link.

If you did want to do a different degree, you could (at Bath, at least) apply for Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical sciences, Natural Sciences, Pharmacology and Pharmacy (Biology and Chemistry at A-level are an amazing combination as they give you tonnes of options). I study Natural Sciences and I'd definitely recommend it if you are interested in multiple sciences, or if you are not yet sure what you want to specialise in. Essentially you choose a major and minor (from Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science and Pharmacology), as well as maybe an optional module, so you get to study 2 sciences at once.

I hope this has helped, and please let me know if you have more questions,
Jessica, a second year Natural Sciences student
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Hi Ravenreyes,

I think all of the contributors have done a great job of explaining that chemistry is a worthwhile qualification whether you want to stay in STEM or move into something different and this is because of the types of skills you develop, such as analytical, problem solving, communication to mention just a few. All of these are in high demand across a range of sectors.

If you would like a little more inspiration, you can take a look at our website A Future in Chemistry, or if you are interested in individuals experiences, from a range of backgrounds 175 Faces of Chemistry might give you some ideas of the direction you could take.

If you have any other questions, tag us and we will get back to you.

All the best,

Gareth
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