By studying Chemistry, you learn about the composition and properties of materials and how they interact with each other. This knowledge can be applied to a wide range of different jobs:
- Chemists discover and develop new and improved synthetic fibres, paints, adhesives, drugs, cosmetics and electronic components, and also test the quality and safety of materials.
- Chemical & process engineers design ways to transform raw materials into useful high-value products.
- Environmental scientists collect and analyse water, air and soil samples to look for pollution.
- Food technologists use their knowledge of chemistry to develop new food and drink products.
- Mining geologists look for mineral traces in rocks to help locate gold, oil and gas deposits.
If you like Chemistry, why not explore one of the jobs featured on this page? You can also read people's stories to find out where they went with the Chemistry they enjoyed at school.
Why should I take Chemistry at school?
Studying Chemistry will help you understand the world around you, and it's also useful preparation for a number of different tertiary study options.
- To enrol in most first-year Chemistry papers at university you will need at least 14 Level 3 credits in Chemistry.
- Entry into the Bachelor of Food Technology degree requires 14 Level 3 credits.
- You need 14 Level 3 credits for the Chemical, Forest, Materials, Natural Resources and Process Engineering specialisations of the Bachelor of Engineering degree.