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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.


Chemistry plays a role in almost everything we do. As a central science, it is closely connected with biology, math and physics.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Interpersonal - Collaborate and work in a team environment; Sensitivity to the health and safety of others and understanding of safe scientific and lab procedures

Organizational skills - Compile, organize and maintain accurate records; Resource and time management; Work independently and meet deadlines

Analytical skills - Independent and creative thinking; Analyze and interpret data; Synthesize information; Logical reasoning; Critical thinking

Research skills - Hypothesize, design and administer experiments; Conduct research; Understand scientific journals; Clearly explain and interpret research data

Written and oral communication skills - Prepare and present reports from research ideas and information using current technology

Scientific method - Operate laboratory equipment and instruments; Employ appropriate scientific lab techniques; Proficiency in mathematics, taking established knowledge, making connections and projecting it forward

Creative and innovate – Look for different solutions, for improvement of or development of existing material (e.g. Drug development)

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Analytic Chemist
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Brewmaster
  • Cancer Researcher
  • Chemical Safety Officer
  • Chemical Technology Assessor
  • Chemist
  • Chemist Sales Representative
  • Clinical Technician
  • Consumer Protection Specialist
  • Development Chemist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Food and Drug Analyst
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Technician
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Materials Chemist
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Nuclear Chemist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Organic Chemist
  • Paint Formulation Chemist
  • Patent Examiner
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Pollution Control
  • Polymer Chemist 
  • Process Development Chemist
  • Production Chemist
  • Pulp and Paper Chemist
  • Quality Assurance Chemist
  • Research Chemist
  • Soil Chemist
  • Spectrometrist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical Writer
  • Textile Chemist
  • Toxicologist
  • Waste water Chemist

Potential Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Agricultural
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Business and finance
  • Chemical Distributors
  • Chemical Testing Companies
  • Chemistry Consulting Firms
  • Cosmetic Companies
  • Distilleries and Breweries
  • Drug discovery & Development
  • Dyes & Polymers
  • Education
  • Environmental and Water
  • Food and Beverage Companies
  • Forensics
  • Government Departments
    (Food and Drug Administration)
  • Hospital Research Labs
  • Industrial Laboratories
  • Information technology
  • Law and Drug Enforcement
  • Materials chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Oil & Gas (corrosion control)
  • Paint & Resins
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Preservation and forgeries (museums)
  • Product development
  • Publishing and Journalism
  • Quality Control Laboratories
  • Research and Development
  • Sustainability
  • Textile Manufacturers
  • Toxicology
  • Waste Management

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Science A 229
T: 403.220-5341

Clubs on Campus

Chemistry Students' Chapter

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)                                                                                                                                                                 

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020