Almost all our Chemistry graduates secure immediate employment, or places for postgraduate study or further education for the professions.
Typically about 40% remain in the university sector in the first instance, the great majority for further training in research on doctoral programmes. Many of these will ultimately pursue careers in research and development (in both Chemistry and allied sciences), others in a variety of positions in management, administration and marketing. A further 5% to 10% enter conversion or training programmes for such professions as Law (CPE etc.), Patent agency, teaching (PGCE) and librarianship, mainly in a university environment.
Of those taking up employment right away (some 45 to 50%), a high proportion enter the financial services sector as trainee accountants or analysts of various kinds, mostly with the major firms or City institutions. Many choose Commerce or Industry, some to engage in chemical research or train in chemical technology. (However, the most demanding and rewarding jobs in "R &D" generally require postgraduate qualifications.) Oxford graduates also join Commerce and Industry in management, marketing, sales and financial administration. A substantial minority find appropriate employment in the computer applications (IT) industry. Otherwise, our alumni spread themselves widely in occupations varying from scientific journalism and social work to professional sport and the performing arts.
Whether directly or after post-graduate training, the vast majority of Oxford graduates in Chemistry obtain employment offering good career prospects, job satisfaction and long term security. Their employability, and the success they commonly enjoy in their chosen careers, owes much to the rigorous and wide-ranging Oxford course. and the skills it engenders.