Career outlook

According to our experience, it is clear that the need for analytical and organic chemists is going to increase. Erik Berlin, Teligent Inc., Pharma-Biotech sector

According to our experience, it is clear that the need for analytical and organic chemists is going to increase.
Erik Berlin Teligent Inc., Pharma-Biotech sector

Chemists having a strong background in analytical chemistry are more and more needed in industry and in industry and laboratories, in private and public sector. Job requirements vary.

In some places strong background in organic analysis is needed (e.g. food, pharmaceutical and clinical areas). For these chemists a high quality education in organic analytical chemistry and biomedical analysis is given at UU.

EACH program is a unique opportunity to choose and try the field where you want to apply the obtained knowledge, either sensors and analyzers, or clinical and pharmaceuticals, or industrial chemistry. Diversity of the program is its main advantage. Tetiana Melnyk (EACH student, intake 2015)

EACH program is a unique opportunity to choose and try the field where you want to apply the obtained knowledge, either sensors and analyzers, or clinical and pharmaceuticals, or industrial chemistry. Diversity of the program is its main advantage.
Tetiana Melnyk (EACH student, intake 2015)

Traditionally the sampling and analysis steps are separated from each other and analytical determinations are carried out in a separate laboratory, situated often apart from the sampling site. In the future we will see more and more on-line analytical methods in many applications (e.g. when water for household consumption is prepared or in environmental monitoring). These on-line methods are sophisticated, including on-line measurement and data transfer. This field of analytical chemistry is taught at UCBL.

When developing on-line measurement systems a very important piece of instrumentation is an analytical sensor (or probe) that gives response to the species measured. For developing such measurement systems, a high quality education dealing with chemical sensors is given in AAU.

Rabin Neupane (EACH student, intake 2015): Knowledge on LC-MS acquired from EACH program will be pivotal for my career. I am very pleased  to be part of EACH and want to cordially thank consortium for this wonderful opportunity.

Knowledge on LC-MS acquired from EACH program will be pivotal for my career. I am very pleased to be part of EACH and want to cordially thank consortium for this wonderful opportunity.
Rabin Neupane (EACH student, intake 2015)

In some places there is a demand for chemists having good knowledge in inorganic analysis, e.g. in materials and high-tech industry. For example, very low critical element concentrations have to be determined from ultrapure semiconductor materials. Environmental and occupational safety problems are nowadays a common concern worldwide. Analytical chemistry is an essential tool in studying and solving these problems. Whatever the application fields of the analysis are, knowledge and skills in data processing, metrology and quality assurance as well as socio-economic aspects are demanded from analytical chemists. Comprehensive education in these fields is given to the students at UT. Additionally, Chemists with a strong background in metrology and specific skills in the fields of analytical chemistry have also excellent possibilities to continue their studies for PhD.

During the recent years significant changes have been and still are taking place in the chemical analysis community. Chemical measurements and analyses are very important from legal and economy point of view. More and more legal acts are issued that concern measurements and analyses. Fully functional quality system, accredited according to international standards (most often ISO/IEC 17025:2000 or GLP in the case of laboratories) is now a must in many activity areas (food, environmental, etc) where the laboratories are active. The changes have been very rapid and up to now the education system has not been able to respond adequately to the needs of the chemical analysis and measurement community.

The EACH programme is meant to help in filling this gap by providing contemporary, practically oriented education in analytical chemistry. It has been estimated that up to 50% of chemistry graduates (depending on country) work at different analysis or testing laboratories. These factors enable us to rate the employability of EACH graduates as very good.

Our graduates are welcome at:

  • R&D departments of major companies
  • Chemical industry labs
  • Pharmaceutical industry R&D, as well as quality control labs
  • Plastics and advanced materials production
  • Health, consumer and environmental protection agencies
  • Food processing and manufacturing quality assurance labs
  • Certification, standardization and accreditation authorities
  • National Centers and Institutes of Metrology
  • Academic career and PhD studies

Gert Suurkuusk, former student:

This is an excellent programme for a practitioner working in a laboratory desiring to further his/her educational background. In addition to acquiring specific skills one will also gain knowledge in general fields such as economy, law, quality systems, etc. It is designed to meet the needs and expectations of a today’s modern laboratory. This programme will help improve the methods applied in our labs and introduce new ideas, making our work more reliable.

 

For more information on building your career please contact the UT career counselling service for students.

 

Last modified: March 16, 2017