Careers in chemistry

A knowledge of basic chemical principles is critically important in all branches of science and for a wide range of industries. Better building materials and textiles, improved medical materials such as prostheses and bone replacement materials, new alloys, functional carbohydrate based products or products from natural organisms, chemical catalysts, better environmental control, all rely on chemical expertise.

Not all chemistry jobs necessarily involve "wearing a white coat". With a University of Waikato degree majoring in chemistry under your belt, you will have the potential to cast a wide net in the market place, be it in technical, research-based or managerial-type chemistry positions, both in New Zealand and internationally.

The following listing of chemistry job types is not intended to be exhaustive, but does indicate a number of very diverse areas where Waikato University chemists are actively being employed.

Chemistry can be studied at an undergraduate level with a major subject under the Bachelor of Science (BSc) or the Bachelor of Science(Technology) (BSc(Tech)) at Waikato University. We also encourage graduate (masters) and postgraduate (doctorate) study. Check out the School of Science's chemistry research section for more information.

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Biochemist
  • Biosecurity Officer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Cheese Production Supervisor
  • Chemical Analyst
  • Coastal Engineer
  • Conservation Officer
  • Consultant
  • Contractor
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Food and Drink Technologist
  • Food Biochemist
  • Forensic Technician
  • Industrial Chemist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Engineer
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Sciences Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Pyrotechnician
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Teacher
  • Technician

Potential Employers

  • Agricultural Research Industry
  • Biotechnology Industry
  • Crown Research Institutes
  • Environmental Consultancy Firms
  • Fonterra
  • Food and Dairy Industries
  • Local Body Authorities
  • Medical Laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Private Research Companies
  • Universities and Polytechnics