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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.

Registered clinical scientists in the NHS are generally on Agenda for Change Band 7, £46,244 to £53,789 a year. Principal clinical chemists are on Band 8a, £56,992 to £61,522 a year and Band 8b, £67,285 to £71,978 a year. Pre-registration trainees are on Band 6, £37,831 to £46,100 a year.

The current pay scales are from April 2023.

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

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
1904
3.5 %
RISE
2029
1971
  United Kingdom
2024
24019
3.2 %
RISE
2029
24785

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
Tel: 0207 9303477
Website: http://www.abpi.org.uk
Twitter: @ABPI_UK

Institute of Science and Technology
Tel: 0114 553 1401
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/
Twitter: @RoySocChem
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalSocietyofChemistry

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