Obtaining the qualification BSc in Physical and Chemical Sciences offers you diverse career opportunities available in various industries and organisations, such as:

  • Petrochemical industry (SASOL, AECI, OMNIA, Sentrachem, SAB)
  • Universities and secondary schools
  • Government organisations (SABS, MRC, NECSA, MINTEK)
  • Pharmaceutical industries
  • Water boards
  • Forensic laboratories
  • Textile industry
  • Agriculture sector
  • Plant & Process managers
  • Laboratory assistants
  • Chemical analyst and/or modulator

Physicists are needed in the following fields/institutions:

NECSA (Nuclear Energy Commission of South Africa) e.g. the manufacture of silicon discs by method of radiation with the Safari-1 reactor
ARC; Agricultural Research Council for general development of applicable technologies
HartRAO; Hartebeeshoek Radio Astronomic Observatory for research
IMT; Geo physicist, oceanic and space technology at the Institute of Maritime Technology
MRC; medical research (including hospitals) with focus on radiation technology (health physicist)
NVS; National Accelerator Centre for research and radiation technology
SAAO; Research in astronomy and astro physics
SABS; Development of technologies implemented by the South African Buro of Standards
SAWB; Development of weather and climate models
CSIR; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in development of various technologies such as aerodynamics and laser technology
Eskom; Nuclear reactor industry such as Koeberg and Palindaba
SADF (South African Defence Force) Technology development and lecturing at the Military Academy in Saldanha
De Beers Industrial Diamond Division (now Element Six)  Basic and applied research on diamonds
Telkom; Telecommunication, satellite technology, optic fibre, laser technology and nano technology


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