A degree in Chemistry can lead to employment in a wide variety of industries. Job possibilities include working directly as a chemist in one of the branches of the chemical industry, as well as non-chemist jobs that draw upon the technical and soft skills developed by students working on a degree. Examples of non-chemist jobs possible with a chemistry degree include those in fields such as medicine, dental and pharmacy, as well as law, education and business.
- Chemistry jobs are available at all levels of training, from a student with a chemistry minor to those who have completed a PhD.
- Students who have studied chemistry at Mount Royal have gone on to further study at graduate schools and other areas such as, Medicine, and Pharmacy.
- There are also many fields outside of a traditional chemist role that can directly use chemistry knowledge or skills.
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Physicists conduct theoretical and applied research to extend knowledge of natural phenomena and to develop new processes and devices in fields such as electronics, communications, power generation and distribution, aerodynamics, optics and lasers, remote sensing, and medicine and health. They are employed by electronic, electrical and aerospace manufacturing companies, telecommunications companies, power utilities, university and government research laboratories, hospitals and by a wide range of other processing, manufacturing, and research and consulting firms.
Astronomers conduct observational and theoretical research to extend knowledge of the universe. They are employed by government and universities.
The Service Canada website lists the job prospects as “fair”.
Examples of job titles, and the main duties physicists and astronomers perform, can be found on the National Occupational Classification website.
Additional career information and statistics can be found on the Canadian and American Physics and Astronomy Societies’ web-pages:
- Canadian Association of Physicists
- American Physical Society
- Canadian Astronomical Society
- American Astronomical Society