Career outlook for chemist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would work out how to use chemicals and materials to make new medicines, create better food and protect the environment.
You would study the make-up of chemicals and materials. You’d investigate how they interact and behave under different conditions, using complex procedures and hi-tech equipment.
You’d use your findings to find better ways to do things and create new products in a wide range of industries.
For example, you could create new medicines or products to be used in food. Or you could come up with new ways to:
- Diagnose and treat disease
- Analyse climate change
- Keep water supplies clean
- Safely get rid of industrial waste
- Analyse forensic evidence for criminal investigations
- Make sure food is good quality
- Invent new artificial fibres and plastics
- Design and conduct laboratory experiments
- Make observations and record the results
- Write reports
- Present your findings
You might do teaching, lecturing and academic research.
You might also supervise support staff such as laboratory technicians.
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