Learn about the types of people who become chemists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Employment Type Mix, 2022
84% of chemists work in full-time roles while 16% work part-time.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a chemist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming chemists at a ratio of 1.80 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2022
57% of chemists are female and 43% are male.
Gender Bias, 2022
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a chemist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a chemist and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a chemist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of chemists are White, making up 51% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and East Asian, making up 11% and 9% respectively.