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Analytical chemists identify and analyse materials to find their chemical composition and how they react. Industrial chemists research and produce chemicals. Chemists may also specialise in medicinal or process development areas.

The Work

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Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for chemistry graduates in industry tend to be in the range of £18,000 to £24,000 a year. Post-doctoral research staff tend to start at around £26,500, rising to around £40,000. Senior chemists in industry can earn up to £45,000 a year or more.

Pre-registration trainee clinical scientists (the name used for this discipline within NHS Scotland) working in the NHS start on Band 6, £30,401 to £38,046 a year, and post registration trainees are on Band 7, £37,570 to £44,688 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2019.

Starting salaries for scientific officers in government departments will depend on skills, experience and qualifications. Check individual departments for details of current vacancies.

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Getting In

You could work in a wide variety of jobs, including:

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
1869
2.7 %
RISE
2024
1919
  United Kingdom
2019
22682
1.7 %
RISE
2024
23059

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

More Information

The Future Morph website shows you some of the amazing and unexpected places that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can take you.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) (Scotland)
Tel: 0131 523 0497
Website: http://www.abpi.org.uk
Website (2): http://careers.abpi.org.uk
Twitter: @ABPI_UK

Biochemical Society
Tel: 020 7685 2400
E-mail: education@biochemistry.org
Website: http://www.biochemistry.org/
Twitter: @BiochemSoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Biochemical-Society/99242639743

You can download a free careers booklet for 16-18 year olds from the website.

Cogent
Tel: 01925 515200
Website: http://www.cogentskills.com
Website (2): http://www.sciencecareerpathways.com
Twitter: @cogent_skills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CogentSkills

Cogent is the Sector Skills Council for the science industries.

Institute of Science and Technology
Tel: 0114 276 3197
E-mail: office@istonline.org.uk
Website: http://www.istonline.org.uk/
Twitter: @istonline
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/istonline.org.uk

Royal Society of Chemistry
Tel: 01223 420066
Website: http://www.rsc.org/
Website (2): http://www.rsc.org/careers/future/
Twitter: @RoySocChem
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalSocietyofChemistry

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. They set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.

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