Your degree in Chemistry

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Chemistry, you’re learning how to work with chemical compounds that can be used across industries like energy, water, medicine and materials development. You’ll develop important skills while creating and validating processes to test or formulate compounds.

These skills may include:

  • Analytical method development or validation
  • Focused observation
  • Laboratory report writing and presentation of data to scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Advanced qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Application of logical, systematic thought processes to understand cause and effect
  • Identification of chemical hazards and facilitation of proper chemical waste disposal
  • Techniques in isolation, purification, analysis, synthesis, and usage of specialized laboratory instruments

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including research (industrial or academic), technology, health care and pharmaceuticals, law enforcement, materials, manufacturing, consulting, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Brewery laboratory analyst
  • Chemical process operator
  • Chemical product developer
  • Chemical technologist
  • Chemist
  • Coatings chemist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Consumer protection specialist
  • Dangerous substance inspector
  • Electrochemist
  • Environmental chemist
  • Food and drug inspector
  • Food chemist
  • Forensic laboratory technician
  • Fuel cell and battery chemist
  • Geochemist
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Health and safety inspector
  • Laboratory technician
  • Medical doctor
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopist
  • Oceanographic chemist
  • Patent agent
  • Perfumer
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacological chemist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Pollution control technologist
  • Quality control technician
  • Scientific writer
  • Soil chemist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical sales representative
  • Technical writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Wastewater treatment chemist

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Chemistry graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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