After your degree
According to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 96% of our 2017 graduates were in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree, and 87% were in a graduate-level position. Students leave their chemistry degrees equipped to meet the challenges of scientific and industrial innovation. Many go on to work at major companies like Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline and BP. Others work at world-class universities as inspirational lecturers and academic researchers.
Some apply their problem-solving, analysis and project management skills outside science, with successful careers in business, finance, publishing and IT. We help all of our students develop skills to meet the latest demands of science, commerce and society at large.
What job will I get?
The manufacturing industry is the single largest recruiter of chemistry graduates and approximately half of people employed in this sector work for chemical manufacturers. Lots of them make use of their degrees, often in a laboratory setting. Examples job titles for chemistry graduates include:
Graduates also use their degrees in many occupations outside chemistry, such as chartered accountancy, youth work, market research, commercial management and sales. You can find out more about careers for chemistry graduates on the University of Sheffield Careers Service website.
Support while you study
As a chemistry student, you'll get lots of support to help you work out what you want to do after graduation, and the steps you need to take to get there. During your course, you'll get employability skills training and advice from staff who have worked in the chemical industry.
The University's Careers Service runs workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. They offer tips tailored to chemistry students, events where you can meet employers, and opportunities to get work experience while you study. Schemes such as the 301 Academic Skills Certificate will help you show employers that you're ready for the world of work. The Careers Service will continue to support you for three years after you graduate.
If you're interested in continuing to study chemistry, we run two masters degree courses and have a range of PhD opportunities available each year.