The employment possibilities for chemistry graduates are as numerous as they are varied. Chemists are employed by such industries as:
· Computers and Telecommunications
· Fine and Heavy Chemical Manufacturing
· Food and Beverage Production
· Mining and Metallurgy
· Pulp and Paper
In these industries, the chemist’s role could be concerned with:
· Industrial Hygiene
· Manufacturing Process Control
· Quality Control
· Research and Development
· Technical Sales and Service
Chemists are also hired by federal, provincial and municipal government agencies in the areas of:
· Forensic Investigation
· Mineral Analysis
· Public Health
· Research and Development Support for Resource Industries
· Technical and Analytical Information Development
· Waste Management
· Water and Air Quality Management
Some chemists write for the technical press or report for large newspapers, others are involved in the publication and editing of research/scientific journals. Chemists can find employment as patent agents, or they may combine their B.Sc. training with a law degree to become patent lawyers.
Careers in clinical chemistry include jobs in hospital laboratories analyzing body tissues and fluids for diagnostic purposes, developing new analytical techniques, and pursuing fundamental research.
A most important career for some chemists is in education. The stimulation and excitement that is generated by the well-educated university science graduate will best serve future generations of scientists.
Why study Chemistry?
Chemistry: The Central Science
Chemistry is a challenging intellectual pursuit and a dominant force in shaping our civilization. Chemistry places a strong emphasis on an understanding of the structure and properties of matter, from the macroscopic to the molecular level. From the conception and synthesis of new materials, to the design of devices and novel equipment, to the creation of theory that explains the behaviour of matter – these are all part of the study of chemistry.
Many of the concepts of physics and the methods of mathematics are basic to chemistry. Chemistry is of fundamental importance to many other subjects, such as astrophysics, biological sciences, environmental science, geology, materials science, and medical sciences. If you are coming to the university for a science program chances are, you will have to take a year or more of chemistry. We think you will enjoy the experience since chemistry is all about your daily life.
After all, look around you — What in the world isn’t chemistry?