Where can you work?

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

The Go Study Site:

If you would like a better gauge of what awaits you in choosing a career within these fields please visit the Go Study SA website. This website will also help you to choose the right course in conjunction with your choice of career path.