Career Overview

Chemists conduct research and analysis in support of industrial operations, product and process development, quality control, environmental control, medical diagnosis and treatment, biotechnology and other applications. Make sure to use the search box to find Wendy's video to learn about the job of a pharmaceutical chemist.


A four-year bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field is required. A higher degree (master's) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable and may be required to obtain positions in many organizations. The more education in this area, the better!

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$40,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Technical Writing
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry, biology, and physics!
Work Environment

Chemists and materials scientists work in laboratories and offices. They typically work full time and keep regular hours.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks fair over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Greater opportunities will be available to individuals who have advanced degrees. The higher the degree, the more opportunities you may have!

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada