Doing a chemistry degree doesn’t mean that you’ll be chained to a lab for the rest of your life. Chemists have a huge range of career options and the Chemistry degree at Swansea University is designed so that you have the skills that today’s employers are looking for.
There are many sectors that you can go into after you graduate. A popular choice is medicine. Chemists are in great demand for their analytical and research skills to improve human health. New drugs have to be researched, developed and tested by Chemistry graduates.
If you are passionate about the environment and see your future career in this area, our staff are involved in projects to develop clean water and sanitation, and to develop sustainable forms of energy.
Staff profile – Dr Ian Mabbett
‘I manage the Sunrise project here at the University. The project aims to develop printed photovoltaic cells and new manufacturing processes, which can be used to construct solar energy products in India. These will then be integrated into buildings in five villages, allowing them to harness solar power to provide their own energy and run off grid.’
Any business that makes products needs input from chemists. From testing food and cosmetics, to managing waste, to developing new building materials, the chemist is at the forefront of new inventions.
Your skills are also in demand from the police and other law enforcement bodies to analyse blood samples for alcohol and drugs and to look at evidence used in legal cases.
Academia and teaching
Of course, many Chemistry graduates stay within academia. Our graduate, Dr Rachel Evans, is currently working at Cambridge University as a lecturer.
‘I enjoy interacting with students a lot, both through teaching at undergraduate level and mentoring postgraduate research students. I also participate in outreach activities to promote science through the Royal Society of Chemistry and am involved in governance of the society. My job also requires me to apply for funding, manage budgets and file reports, so I don't get the chance to spend as much time in the lab as I would like. However, I do take my research group to external X-ray and neutron facilities each year to perform exotic experiments so I still get my hands dirty from time to time!'
For more information about what you can do with a Chemistry degree, visit The Royal Society of Chemistry website.