Chemistry

Chemistry is about the composition and properties of 'matter' and how matter changes during chemical reactions.

Studying in this area involves learning about atoms and their interactions with other atoms and the properties of chemical bonds.

This includes interactions, reactions and transformations associated with different chemical substances or between matter and energy.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Chemistry is sometimes called 'the central science'. This is because it connects physics with other natural sciences such as biology and geology.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Chemist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Materials scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

135% of national
median earnings


Employment

56%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
35%
Further study
7%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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