Career Options

What does a chemist do?

Chemistry is a very central science and not all Chemists wear white lab coats. To explore the many career opportunities available by studying chemistry, search for ‘chemistry’ at: www.graduatecareers.com.au. You will find chemists are employed in a wide range of industries working on problems such as:

  • metal extraction from ore bodies
  • studying the nutrition of plants
  • reducing the pollution from automobile exhausts
  • the manufacture and design of explosives
  • finding new sources of energy
  • operating a water treatment plant
  • making more efficient pain killers and pharmaceuticals
  • locating new oil deposits
  • helping to solve problems of industrial waste
  • developing new materials with desirable properties.
  • understanding what makes a good diet

Chemists rely heavily on advanced instrumental techniques such as chromatography, mass spectrometry, laser spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, magnetic resonance spectroscopy and surface analysis – all using computers for control and data processing.

What does a biomolecular scientist do?

  • Agribiotechnologist
  • Biomarker researcher
  • Biomedical sciences analyst
  • Bioproduct manufacturer
  • Drug discover researcher
  • Patent lawyer (with a Law degree)
  • Pharmaceutical developer
  • Wine maker
  • Research scientist
  • Teacher (with the Diploma of Education)

There are sound employment prospects for chemistry/Biomolecular Sciences graduates in industry as quality control chemists, biotechnologists, materials scientists, customer-service personnel and technical sales representatives. Government departments provide employment for chemists in their analytical and research laboratories. Graduates are also in demand as secondary school teachers and in specialised legal services such as patent law and licensing negotiations. Many chemistry graduates, particularly those with the Diploma of Chemistry in Industry, can expect to move into executive or management positions as their careers develop. Students graduating from the Environmental Geochemistry strand of the Bachelor of Technology program will be in demand from mining companies, manufacturing companies and government regulatory bodies.