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Career in Chemistry

A B.Sc. degree in Chemistry can lead to employment in diverse industries. 

Or it could be the first step to being a scientist in the physical or life sciences.

Or it could open doors to a variety of career.

Our chemistry students have gone to become:


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?