Chemistry Functions Chemistry graduates can perform professional functions in the promotion and development of scientific and technological innovation in the chemical field as well as in the management and design of technologies in the chemical sector.
In particular, they can:
- coordinate or manage aspects relating to the synthesis, analysis and characterisation of innovative products and materials and the industrial process for producing them; - coordinate or manage aspects relating to the analysis and quality control of incoming and outgoing products - coordinate or manage the company system for aspects relating to production, the management of patents and intellectual property and the management of prevention, safety and environmental protection in accordance with the increasingly stringent regulations on chemical compounds; - coordinate or manage the advertising and marketing of chemical and pharmaceutical products; - exercise functions of responsibility in the industrial, environmental, health and public administration sectors.
A Second-cycle graduate in chemistry can also work as a freelancer, and is therefore registered in the professional register of chemists (section A) as a Senior Chemist.
Competences The competences required to perform the professional functions are:
- to design new compounds and materials on the basis of structure-property relationships; - to use computational methods for the prediction of product properties; - to design and carry out synthesis, choosing the appropriate synthesis on the basis of economic, environmental sustainability and safety considerations; - to evaluate the best analytical technique in relation to the product:
- ability to apply with competence, also in interdisciplinary contexts, the most modern knowledge in the field of chemical disciplines; - ability to plan and carry out scientific and technological development activities, on the basis of the state of the art of scientific and/or patent literature and also through the use of complex instrumentation; - autonomy in identifying the relevant themes in the work context and the objectives of interest, as well as the most suitable methodologies for their achievement; - communication skills, of a scientific nature and general culture, with appropriate language, also non-specialist and also in English.
Outlets The occupational outlets for the Second-cycle graduate in chemistry are:
- in the field of research and development of chemical products; - in the field of production (including packaging, logistics, maintenance, safety and emission control); - in the field of characterisation, analysis and quality control of products; - in the field of customisation, sales and marketing of chemical products.
They can be employed in: - public bodies; - small, medium and large national and international companies involved in the production of detergents, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, food and packaging; - agencies and studios involved in the protection of intellectual property; - companies/publishers involved in the dissemination of science. Second-cycle graduates who have passed the specific State Examination for qualification to practice the profession of chemist can register in Section A of the Register of Chemists and undertake consultancy work as a freelance professional (Senior Chemist).