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Working in chemical development
Lorna Nichols, a chemist working on well-known household brands. Here she tells us a little about her job and how she got there.

Working in cosmetics
Tony Morton works as head of technical services at The Body Shop. Here he tells us a little about his job and how he got there.

Working in petrochemicals
The petrochemical industry is one of the biggest areas for chemists looking for a well-paid career. Read on to discover why.

My job explained: Analyst
Find out why Faye South gets a platinum credit card from her company to cover her expenses as she travels around the country. What stage are you up to...

My job explained: Analytical chemist
Andy Hard explains how an interest in forensics led him to chemistry but his studies inspired him to work on life-saving drugs. What stage are you up...

My job explained: Analytical chemist
Steve Lancaster’s career began as a lab technician in South Yorkshire and has led him to learn and experience “interesting things all the time”,...

My job explained: Atmospheric chemist
Find out about life as a university lecturer and learn why chemistry is crucial in our fight against climate change. Can you briefly describe your job?...

My job explained: Chemistry lecturer
Lecturer Gareth Rowland may hate the admin work his job requires but it’s nothing compared to his enthusiasm for chemistry, especially when it comes...

My job explained: Clinical biochemist
Janusz Knepil describes how he worked his way up to his current position and explains why everyone in the UK depends on the skills of biochemists to protect...

My job explained: Consultant chemist
Frank Holland shares why he found science glamorous and how he thinks ‘greener’ chemistry is the way forward. Was there anything or anyone in particular...

My job explained: Development chemist
Isobel Everest is a senior development chemist. Here she describes how her job is the perfect mix of creativity and hands-on work.

My job explained: Development technologist
Liz Ingham describes how she studied and worked at the same time and explains why it was all worth it to get to her current position helping to oil some...

My job explained: Forensic scientist
Are you a fan of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'? Jennifer McDaid, a real-life forensic scientist gives us the low down on what the job is actually like....

My job explained: Head of science
Kay Stephenson did a degree and PhD in chemistry and spent a few years working as a scientist before going on to train the chemists of the future. Read...

My job explained: Health and safety advisor
Anne Wilcox is a health and safety advisor for a university. She describes the challenges her job throws up each day and why a good science background...

My job explained: Inorganic chemist
Julia Heslop describes her research in cancer treatments and her current job working for a coal-fired power station. Read on to find out about the challenges...

My job explained: Management trainee
Amber Davis describes why she was attracted to chemistry, explaining that it’s a ‘way of thinking’. Read on to find out why she loves her work....

My job explained: Manager
Mark Gronnow explains why perseverance is key to success in chemistry and describes just how diverse the job can get. What inspired you to study chemistry...

My job explained: Marine chemist
Martin Preston is a senior lecturer in marine chemistry at the University of Liverpool. Here he tells us about research ‘cruises’ around the world...

My job explained: Marketing manager
How do you go from working as an analytical chemist to becoming a marketing manager? Jeremy Hyett explains. What has been your career path so far? After...

My job explained: Marketing project manager
Want to be a wheeler dealer? Regina Beyer describes how she combines international business with her interest in science. What is a marketing project...

My job explained: Medicinal chemist
Oliver Howard is a medicinal chemist working for a pharmaceutical company at the cutting edge of drug discovery.

My job explained: Middle manager
Kathleen Howard started her chemistry career from scratch in her mid-thirties. She went on to do a degree and PhD and now loves her job as middle manager...

My job explained: Operations support manager
25-year old Martin Brierley works as part of the operations support team at the British Nuclear Group. Here he shares his experience of teaching and training....

My job explained: Process development chemist
Mark Bratt describes some of the challenges he faced as the first person in his family to apply to university and gives some great advice for finding...

My job explained: Publishing director
Jon Walmsley studied chemistry at Nottingham University and has gone on to become a publishing director. Read on to find out why he thinks chemistry gives...

My job explained: Research scientist
Find out why Ian Newington believes that chemistry can lead to a ‘rewarding career that is reasonably well-paid and contributes to people’s quality...

My job explained: Senior press officer
When Catherine Birch discovered that she was “much better at talking about research than doing it”, she decided to move into science communications....

My job explained: Senior research associate
Peter Hayes works for an American company as a chemist. Read on for a few tips on how to get ahead as a researcher. What inspired you to study chemistry?...

My job explained: Senior research chemist
Find out why medicinal chemist Kate Mahalingham loves her job and learn more about how new treatments are invented. What is a senior research chemist?...

My job explained: Senior teaching technician
Tracy McGhie has reached the top of her career as a laboratory technician. Find out how she got there and why she enjoys the daily challenges her job...

My job explained: Technical manager
Claire Gallery-Strong has worked on new cancer treatments and nuclear industrial sites. Read on to find out about the challenges she’s faced in getting...

My job explained: Technologist
James Dodd describes how he overcame failing his A-levels first time around to become a professional chemist, working with cutting-edge equipment and...

Career profile: Chemical engineering technician
Chemical engineering technicians work with engineers to take materials from the natural world and help to turn them into all of the things we use everyday....

Career profile: Cosmetic scientist
Want to know how your favourite moisturiser is made? Or what they put in your perfume to make it smell so nice? Read on to find out about the chemists...

Career profile: Food scientist
Find out about the people who use science to create recipes that are tastier, healthier and more long-lasting.