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Study chemical and physical properties of substances, and develop and monitor chemical processes and production.


  • Conduct experiments to identify chemical composition
  • Study chemical changes which occur in natural substances and processed materials
  • Undertake research and analysis to develop and test theories, techniques and processes
  • Develop practical applications of experiments and research findings, including those combining new compounds for industrial, agricultural, veterinary and medical use
  • Test products and materials and prepare specifications and standards, to ensure compliance with government health laws and quality standards
  • Undertake cost analysis, pricing and quality assurance exercises when developing new substances, processes and products

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy science
  • communication skills
  • problem solving skills
  • observational skills
  • supervisory skills
  • ability to work alone or as part of a team


A Chemist requires a degree in science or applied science majoring in chemistry, available at most universities across Australia. Research scientist or academic usually require a masters or doctorate degree in the specialist field.


Tertiary Education Providers

Charles Sturt University
University of New England
Sydney University
University of Newcastle
University of Wollongong
University of Western Sydney
Southern Cross University

University of Melbourne
La Trobe University

South Australia
University of Adelaide
Flinders University

Western Australia
Curtin University
University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University
Murdoch University

University of Tasmania

University of Queensland
James Cook University
Central Queensland University
Griffith University
University of Southern Queensland

Australian National University

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