Professional prospects

Graduate Profile

The main objective of the University of Navarra’s Degree in Chemistry is to train students to become professionals:

  • Who possess the basic competences and skills of a chemist, so they can perform their professional activity in different chemistry-related economic and production sectors such as industry, services, research and development, and teaching.

  • Who are able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories of the areas of chemistry. Who have in-depth knowledge of general chemistry (inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry) and of its different applications, such as chemical quality control, the chemistry of health and the pharmaceutical industry, industrial chemistry, environmental chemistry, food chemistry and toxicology.

  • Who are equipped with a well-rounded humanistic and cultural education, which will help them develop their personal identities and achieve the attitudes and capabilities needed to provide effective service to society with honor, responsibility, teamwork skills and a spirit of solidarity and service.

Employment Opportunities

Chemistry is among the most in-demand degrees among employers and the sector also offers a good balance between employment supply and demand. Currently, the main areas of employment are:

  • Industry. Design and monitor production in industrial processes. Design and preparation of new products, wine industry. Agrochemical industry, agricultural treatments (pesticides and herbicides). Production, processing and preservation of food and beverages. Chemistry for the healthcare sector, pharmacological testing and pharmaceutical industry. Recycling and waste management, paper industry, water treatment, renewable energies, pollution detection, rubber industry and environmental protection. Chemical applications for the identification and restoration of artistic, archaeological and ethnological heritage.

  • Research and new technologies. Research, development and monitoring of industrial chemical and biological processes at universities, research centers and R&D&I laboratories in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, recycling and food industries (dairy, meat processing, canning and wine industries). Synthesis of new materials, medications, alternative energy sources (solar generators, sources of energy other than fossil fuels), etc. 

  • Services. Chemical analysis in the public and private healthcare sectors (internal resident chemist). Customs, narcotics analysis, sports doping control, government-administered industrial inspection and control. Treatment and reuse of sanitary and industrial wastewater and storm water, water treatment plants and desalinization plants. Study, analysis and treatment of pollutants and urban, agricultural and industrial waste. Environmental and safety technicians. Technical responsibility for the transportation of hazardous goods. Insurance sector technicians. Occupational risk prevention and industrial hygiene. Independent consultant in technical advisory and consultancy services, and chemical auditing.

  • Teaching. Teacher of chemistry, sciences and technology at the high school level and in vocational training programs. University professor at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels.

  • · In the following pamphlet you can find out more on the Professional Opportunities you’ll have as a School of Sciences graduate.