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Chemical scientists

£15,600 Average salary at age 20
£40,560 Average Salary
40 Average hours per week


Chemical scientists analyse and research physical aspects of chemical structure and change within substances and develop chemical techniques used in the manufacture or modification of natural substances and processed products.

Main Tasks

  • Develops experimental procedures, instruments and recording and testing systems;
  • Conducts experiments to identify chemical composition, energy and chemical changes in natural substances and processed materials;
  • Analyses results and experimental data;
  • Tests techniques and processes for reliability under a variety of conditions;
  • Develops procedures for quality control of manufactured products.


Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.

What Chemical scientists studied in higher education

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What Chemical scientists studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy2
(C1) Biology2
(F1) Chemistry74
(C5) Microbiology1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry4
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering2
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences5

UK Prospects

23000 Workforce Size
4.16% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
4732 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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