Chemical Scientists

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.


New workers

New workers start around £20,567. Normal pay is £34,067 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £56,981.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 23,746 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Develops procedures for quality control of manufactured products.

  • Tests techniques and processes for reliability under a variety of conditions.

  • Analyses results and experimental data.

  • Operates specialised scientific equipment and conducts experiments to identify chemical composition, energy and chemical changes in natural substances and processed materials.

  • Develops experimental procedures, instruments and recording and testing systems.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Chemistry

  • Analytical Chemistry

  • Analytical Techniques

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Good Manufacturing Practices

  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography

  • New Product Development

  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)

  • Organic Chemistry

  • Data Analysis

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Research

  • Problem Solving

  • Innovation

  • Management

  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving)

  • Operations

  • Detail Oriented

  • Planning

  • Leadership

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.