Careers in Chemistry

Love chemistry?

There are many amazing occupations suited to students who love chemistry. The following are three examples:

Analytical Chemist: “Analytical Chemists use a diverse range of methods to investigate the chemical nature of substances. This is done to identify and understand the substance and how it behaves in different conditions. In the pharmaceutical industry, Analytical Chemists are involved in the whole process, from drug discovery to market, studying the physical or chemical properties of drug substances and formulations to determining the quality and stability of drug products to ensure the safety of the drug”,

Meet Amy Heffernan: she is an Analytical Chemist who is using nematode worms to better understand the progression of human neurological diseases such as dementia,

Pharmacist: “Pharmacy is about promoting health awareness and contributing to the betterment of the community. Pharmacists may: prepare or supervise the dispensing of medicines, ointments and tablets; advise patients on how their medicines are to be taken or used in the safest and most effective way in the treatment of common ailments; work in the research and development of medicines and other health-related products; and be involved in the management of pharmaceutical companies etc.”,

Dietitian: “Dietitians understand how your body works and how food and drinks help nourish both healthy individuals and those with medical conditions that are affected by or treated with nutrition. They use their knowledge and skills in a range of workplaces from client-facing roles in clinics and hospitals, to foodservice roles in which they impact the nutrition of residents and inpatients, to roles where they influence the health of the population by impacting food policy and the food supply such as in government public health roles and food companies”,

Key websites

Myfuture: create an account > click on Career Bullseyes > click on Chemistry > click on the occupations that sound interesting to you to learn about them,

Royal Australian Chemical Institute: learn about the different chemist groups in Australia, read about current chemistry news, and search the accredited university courses,

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