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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.


  • 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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Industry Insights

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £32,000 per annum and can progress up to £41,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 4,120 employed Chemical Scientists in the region.

Current Vacancies

Consultant Chemical Pathologist/Clinical Scientist

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
29 May 2019

Method Development Scientist

Search Consultancy LTD
4 Jun 2019

QC Technician

24 May 2019

Laboratory Technician

24 May 2019

Destinations of Science Completers July 2018

63% of students went on to other Further Education at York College

24% of students went on to Higher Education

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