Chemists use their knowledge of the composition and properties of molecules and atoms to analyse samples, make new chemical compounds, improve industrial processes and learn more about how chemical reactions take place.
Job opportunities are good for applied chemists who work in research institutions developing new technologies and products, and for analytical chemists in industry. There is fierce competition for university jobs doing basic or pure research as there is limited funding for this kind of work.
Pay rates depend on qualifications, experience and industry:
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