Career Prospects

In-depth knowledge of chemistry principles and methods is extremely useful in many areas of science and industry. Our Chemistry and Biological Chemistry programme equips students with the latest laboratory techniques, mastery of cutting-edge scientific instruments, as well as experience doing research at the scientific frontier and internship opportunities at a wide selection of local chemistry-related companies. Our graduates have been able to enter a wide range of fulfilling jobs, including research, technical, and managerial positions.

I work in the pharmaceutical industry, which is heavily regulated and where product quality is of the utmost importance. Problem-solving and meticulous synthetic skills are some of the most important aspects of the job to uphold product quality requirements. The Chemistry and Biological Chemistry undergraduate programme in NTU has equipped me with both hard and soft skills to prepare me for my graduate studies and also facilitated my learning process in both academic and industrial settings.”

Sherman Chan Guo Hao
BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Class of 2014
Process Scientist at Pfizer

The following is a list of job opportunities in Singapore that Chemistry and Biological Chemistry graduates are particularly well-positioned for:

  1. Pharmaceutical companies. These companies have extensive Research and Development (R&D) positions in Singapore, and need medical/organic chemists, process chemists, analytical chemists, and synthetic chemists. Employers include GlaxoSmithKlein, Schering-Plough, Pfizer, Merck Sharpe & Dome, Kaneka, S*Bio, Merlion Pharmaceuticals, Norvatis, Albany Molecular, Galileo, Roche, Eli Lilly, and Aventis.
  2. Petrochemical Companies. Employers include Shell, ExxonMobil, Singapore Refining Company, Celanese, Eastman Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemicals, and Mitsui Chemicals.
  3. Polymer/Paint/Semiconductor/Materials Companies. Employers include TECH Semiconductor, Chartered semiconductor, Systems on Silicon Manufacturing (SSMC), Hewlett-Packard, SGS Thompson Microelectronics, 3M Singapore, DuPont, Honeywell, Nippon Paint, Philips Singapore, and International Paint Singapore.
  4. Governmental Agencies. These agencies often employ graduates with chemistry background for policy work as well as technical work. Employers include HSA and DSO.
  5. Education. Employers include educational institutions and NIE.
  6. Food and Beverage Industry. Employers include Asia Pacific Breweries, FMC Singapore, Fraser & Neave, Singapore Airport Terminal Services, Singapore Food Industries, National Starch and Chemicals, and DSM Nutritional Products.
  7. Quality Control labs. Analytical chemists are crucial to the functioning of Quality Control (QC) programmes in a wide range of companies throughout the economy.
  8. Research Institutes. Employers include the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Science (ICES), Bioprocess Technology Institute (BTI), Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), and the Institute of Microelectronics (IME).
  9. Others. Some of our graduates have gone into patent law, bioinformatics, and other jobs.

Science is more than just understanding the theoretical and technical concepts. It encompasses creative thinking, logical and analytical reasoning, and sensitivity to details. These skills have been very useful as I pursued a career outside of the chemicals industry.

Cheryl Ong
BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Class of 2016
Governance & Strategy Manager, Business Governance Markets,
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Reading chemistry gave me a greater understanding of the physical world. As a forensic scientist with the Health Sciences Authority, I perform laboratory-based analyses of trace evidence and assist law-enforcement officers at crime scenes. The Chemistry and Biological Chemistry programme imparted me with a foundation in the natural sciences, a prerequisite for analysts working in forensic science.”

Louis Koh
BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Class of 2013
Forensic Scientist at the Health Sciences Authority