Some physical chemists opt to remain in academia and teach chemistry, physical chemistry, or analytical chemistry at the post-secondary level, while at the same time doing research. Other chemists opt to teach chemistry at the high school level so also obtain a teaching degree.
Physical chemists also work in areas such as environmental and analytical chemistry. See articles on these subjects for more information. They can also find work in materials science, nanoscale science, and chemical biology.
Many physical chemists find work in the chemical manufacturing industry. Firms in this industry produce plastics, drugs, soaps, pesticides, industrial organic chemicals, and other chemical products. There they can work in research and development, sales, marketing, or management.
A degree in physical chemistry can also be used for a career in chemical engineering and medicine. As well, those with an additional business degree can work as management for biotechnology or pharmaceutical firms. As well, a background in physical chemistry works well for a future in patent law.