Click here for a list of examples of where an interest in Chemistry can lead you, including University Courses, TAFE courses and Apprenticeships. Information provided by the IMVC in their Subject Selection Kit


Chemistry is a key science in explaining the workings of our universe through an understanding of the properties and interaction of substances that make up matter.  Most processes, from the formation of molecules in outer space to the complex biological interactions occurring in cells, can be described by chemical theories.  The study of chemistry is used to explain natural phenomena at the molecular level, as well as creating new materials such as medicines and polymers.

The development of modern society has been intimately linked with the successful integration of chemical knowledge into new technologies.  This continues with emerging fields such as biotechnology and nanotechnology.  Chemistry will also help to answer some of the unanswered questions in science and work toward providing a sustainable environment in the future.

Studying chemistry can enrich students’ lives through the development of particular knowledge, skills and attitudes to become more informed, responsible decision-making citizens.  The applied knowledge gained will be relevant to numerous fields including agriculture, art, biochemistry, dietetics, engineering, environmental studies, food, forensic science, forestry, horticulture, law, medicine, oceanography, pharmacy, sports science and winemaking.  

(Extracted from V.C.A.A. Study Summary: Chemistry 2007-2011)

CHEMISTRY – industry & related specific information CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. Learn the basics of chemistry and try online quizzes at this chemistry site. There are also lots of real-world examples of chemistry in action, plus career information. Links for Chemists is an index of chemistry resources on the web. This site is the copyright of The University of Liverpool, Department of Chemistry. Australian Hydrographers Association – general information about what hydrographers do and where courses are conducted: Bureau of Meteorology – website contains some career profiles and downloadable position descriptions. Dairy Australia – site contains downloadable video clips focusing on various dairy industry jobs, as well as teacher and student resources, games and activity sheets  pertaining to the dairy industry. Department of Education & Early Childhood Development (Workforce Planning Unit) – includes downloadable brochures and information sheets about teaching as a career. Department of Sustainability and Environment – website focuses on role of the department and current programs and projects.  It includes downloadable fact sheets that could assist with student projects. mapping Sciences Institute – site has information about careers, employment prospects and links to training providers. Profiles of chemists entitled “Real Life Chemists” featuring Australian chemists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry & Biotechnology.