Science and research

Chemical industries

It’s one of the UK’s largest manufacturing industries, with an annual turnover of around £55 billion, and it provides direct employment to 180,000 people.

Scientists in the chemical industries are responsible for developing solutions to problems on a chemical level. They could either be designing and engineering new chemical substances, or using similar skills to analyse existing substances. Chemists are also involved in the process of scaling up chemical products from bench to volume production.

Positions include:

  • development scientists
  • engineers
  • environmental scientists

Qualifications required

The industry is mainly focused on research, which requires graduates with chemistry or chemical degrees, but there are also positions available for development scientists and engineers. Increased emphasis on energy efficiency and environmental responsibility means that there are positions for environmental scientists.