Chemists can find work in almost every field. They can work in research and development for private industry, government, or academia. Chemists can also get a teaching job in a high school environment (with the additional BEd degree) teaching chemistry.
Chemists are employed the private industry in a variety of capacities. They can work in technical service, sales, marketing, production, and quality control. This can be for a biotechnology (eg. nanotechnology, genetic engineering), chemical engineering (eg. new polymers), or food safety (eg. spoilage and preservation) companies. Petroleum and mining companies will also employ chemists for exploration and extraction of oil, natural gas, minerals, and ores from rocks.
Government agencies will hire chemists for a wide range of activities. They can be involved in hazardous waste materials disposal and environmental assessment.
Chemists can also work in the medical industry where they collaborate with doctors, pharmacists, and microbiologists to come up with new drugs for diseases such as cancer, HIV, or influenza.
A degree in chemistry can lead to education in other fields such as environmental science, food technology, pharmacology, technical writing, and biomedical research. As well, it can serve as a stepping-stone for a career in business, medicine, dentistry, or patent law. Chemists can also find work as a forensic scientist and work in a crime lab.