Published: 20 March 2017

Top jobs with a chemistry degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in chemistry and discover some of the jobs Surrey chemistry graduates have secured over the past few years.

Chemistry lab technician

A chemistry degree opens doors to a huge range of fascinating careers in many diverse areas.

Whether you’re interested in pursuing a career in the chemical industry, scientific research, technology, the energy sector or forensic investigation, our chemistry programmes provide you with a strong knowledge of the fundamentals of chemistry and enable you to make your own discoveries. Due to our excellent links with leading companies and our successful Professional Training placements, our employment figures for chemistry graduates are amongst the best in the UK.

"I’d definitely recommend doing a Professional Training placement as it really does help you grow in chemistry, and also helps you decide what area you want to go into after graduation." - Lorraine Ezra, MChem Chemistry

Careers with a chemistry degree

Surrey chemistry graduates have taken up roles such as chemists, research scientists, forensic scientists and electrophysiologists in companies including EDF Energy, Royal Society of Chemistry and LGC Forensics.

While many graduates enter the chemical industry, as positions often follow successful Professional Training placements, others choose to take up roles in finance, government and education, or continue onto further study. Many have gone on to take a Masters degree or have chosen to study for a PhD in chemistry.

Chemistry graduate jobs

In recent years, our chemistry graduates have secured roles including:

  • Polymer Technologist, Plascoat Systems (2015 graduate)
  • Chemistry Teacher, Tormead School (2015 graduate)
  • Analytical Chemist, Dextra Laboratories (2015 graduate)
  • Research Technician, Biointeractions (2015 graduate)
  • Teaching Associate, SUNY at Albany (2014 graduate)

"While I was supported by more senior process engineers throughout my placement, I really appreciated the experience of working independently and putting the principles I had learned at University into practice. I am certain that my Professional Training placement experience played a vital part in helping me secure the graduate position I will start upon finishing my degree course." - Matt Prescott, MEng Chemical Engineering

  • Laboratory Scientist, Afton Chemical (2014 graduate)
  • Organic Scientist, Eurofins (2014 graduate)
  • Quality Engineer and Operations Co-ordinator, LB Foster Rail Technologies UK Ltd (2014 graduate)
  • Chemist, Inspectorate International (2014 graduate)
  • Analyst, Pfizer (2014 graduate)

"I would recommend a Professional Training placement to others as a lot of experience and skills can be gained by working in industry. Working alongside colleagues who are skilled in the area was also interesting as a lot of knowledge was learnt from them." - Emily Rastrick, MChem Chemistry 


Discover more about our chemistry degrees, our pioneering Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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