Industry careers

Employment & Skills Industry careers

People form the heart of the UK chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

Our sector:

directly and indirectly employs a highly skilled workforce of around 140,000 people
supports (in total) around 400,000 jobs in the UK economy
pays workers an average of 30% more than the average UK manufacturing worker
    Figures as at July 2019

CIA is committed to maintaining and growing a strong skills base to ensure the continued success of our industry. We work closely with government and industry on skills issues.

Future Forum is our network of early careerists. It ensures the voice of those new to the industry is fed into our policy work. It also aims to promote careers in the chemical industry to those still in education.

Employment & Skills Industry careers

Innovation and the environment

Your life would be very different without the chemical industry. This webpage would not exist without the magic of the chemical industry and that goes for almost everything else in the room! The chemical industry make your life easier, safer and happier - helping you do more things faster and more effectively.

The chemical industry is continually pushing at the boundaries and thrives on fresh ideas - it offers you the opportunity to work towards a better future for the environment and society as a whole!

We are also extremely active to ensure the safety of our employees and those who live and work near our sites. Don’t take our word for it - you can see what the regulators think of us at the Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive websites.

Exciting opportunities

Those at the beginning of their careers in the Chemical Industry have the opportunity to make big impacts on companies early on in their careers because in a very competitive industry companies are always looking to improve products and how they are made.

In the modern industry, teams of chemists and engineers work together on projects. The idea of a scientist at a bench all day with only test tubes for company is a thing of the past!

The industry is global, so if travel or working abroad is part of your plan - you can do it with the Chemical Industry! Check out the useful careers links below:

ABPI CareersCogent Skills


Future Morph

National Careers Service



It's not all work work work

Science and engineering graduates tell us that one of the most rewarding parts of their career in the chemical industry is the opportunity to be involved in schemes to excite and educate children, making them think differently about the role of the chemical industry. Click on the links below to find out more about schemes working with children:

Children Challenging Industry



  Contact the team

For employment related enquiries, please contact:

Simon Marsh

[email protected]