Your degree in Chemistry

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 and attention to detail
  • 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
  • Spatial perception

Explore 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 academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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


Coatings chemist

Clinical research associate

Consumer protection specialist

Dangerous substance inspector



Environmental chemist

Food and drug inspector

Food chemist

Forensic laboratory technician

Fuel cell and battery chemist


Hazardous waste management

Health and safety inspector

Laboratory technician

Medical doctor

Medical laboratory technician

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopist

Oceanographic chemist

Patent agent



Pharmacological chemist


Pollution control technologist

Quality control technician

Scientific writer

Soil chemist


Technical sales representative

Technical writer


Wastewater treatment chemist

Make the most of your specialization

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

Undergraduate Chemistry Society
Meet other UBC Chemistry students and interact with faculty, through events and programs.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in chemistry between study terms.

UBC Chemistry research and awards
Get involved in summer opportunities or take classes that incorporate laboratory experience in chemistry.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Collaborative Research and Training Experience program
Receive training in project management and patent development while getting involved in catalysis research.

Mentorship Program for Chemistry Students
Chat with an upper-level UBC Chemistry student to learn about helpful resources and opportunities.

Reactive Intermediates Student Exchange
During summer, gain hands-on experience in experimental techniques for the study of chemical or biochemical reaction mechanisms.

Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition
Attend the national or regional conferences in the summer and connect with chemists across industries and academia.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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