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Chemical scientists

Average National Salaries (2020)

Age 20

£15,600 pile of coins

Age 35

£38,480 pile of coins

Age 50

£46,800 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £34,320

What does this career do?

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.

Typical tasks

  • 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.

Current 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.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2020)
Female
(2020)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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