Skip to main content

Development Chemist

Average Salary
Job Forecast
Currently Employed in Scotland

What is a Development Chemist

Working as a development chemist brings you the best of both worlds: using your science skills and creative talents. You could be creating anything from a new polymer for a prosthetic leg to new, life-changing chemicals.

Top 3 job tasks

  • Design original products that can help different businesses improve their services.
  • Sample and test new materials on a regular basis.
  • Present research findings to suppliers and identify new product opportunities.

Getting in and Qualifications


A Development Chemist often has a degree in science or a specialist subject like polymer chemistry.

As the role requires a lot of experience, it is useful to have done lab work and practical science research.

An Apprenticeship is a great way to gain a qualification as well as work experience.


Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.