I do a 4 year course in the UK and my 3rd year is spent working for a company. I think I have a fair idea of the roles of chemists involved in pharmaceutical jobs (organic synthesis, process chemists is what I've picked up on) and in analytical chem roles(e.g forensics/ environmental testing)
However, I'm vague on what kind of chemistry is involved for chemists working in the fields of:
- adhesives & paints (e.g ICI which is one of the placement options)
- petroleum/ lubricants (e.g Lubrizol, another placement option)
The companies' placement information is quite vague - has anyone worked for these types of companies? - and could tell me what's involved & also what kind of chemistry modules would be useful for these.
I'm quite good at organic chem & physical (kinetics) but don't know if there are jobs in kinetics (or is it just university lab research?)
Any ideas appreciated.