Txhmid
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Hi all,

So recently I have secured my place at Imperial College London for a Masters degree in Chemistry, but I am not sure about all the jobs I can get with the degree.

I was thinking about working in the chemical industry but I don't specifically know the role of a Chemist and how much they get paid (I want a good salary)

I also know that if I want a lot of money I could just go into the finance sector which I wouldn't mind but I do enjoy Chemistry a lot (which is specifically why I chose to do Chemistry)

So tl;dr, what good paying Chemistry jobs are there and what would the role of the Chemist be in that job?
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Hi all,

So recently I have secured my place at Imperial College London for a Masters degree in Chemistry, but I am not sure about all the jobs I can get with the degree.

I was thinking about working in the chemical industry but I don't specifically know the role of a Chemist and how much they get paid (I want a good salary)

I also know that if I want a lot of money I could just go into the finance sector which I wouldn't mind but I do enjoy Chemistry a lot (which is specifically why I chose to do Chemistry)

So tl;dr, what good paying Chemistry jobs are there and what would the role of the Chemist be in that job?
I'm surprised that you applied and secured a place for a chemsitry degree without knowing much about what comes after :erm:

Take a look at this examples guide from the RSC: http://www.rsc.org/careers/future/all-profiles

I have chemistry graduate friends that work as patent attourneys, RSC employees, teachers, accountants, a chemical business owner, research scientists, technicans (not like school technicians), health and safety specialists...

If you want to be a career scientist then the degree is just the start and while this can lead to good pay it's more about job satisfaction for these individuals.

As you say, the finance sector will pay well and lots of chemsitry graduates do into that. Most graduates work outside 'white coat' environments in a huge variety of jobs. It's more about the skillls that you develop and who you are than the degree itself.
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Hi Txhmid,

You've already had a great link that should give you few ideas of where a degree in chemistry could take you from EierVonSatan, but I noticed you specifically mentioned salaries too, and thought our 2017 Pay and Reward survey report might also be of use to give you some guide to work with. Our 2019 will be coming out soon for the most up to date information.

All the best,

Gareth
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