Career Prospects and Job Markets

Career Prospects and Job Markets

What are the career prospects after graduation?

Areas where the Function Class of Applied Chemistry Course graduates actively participate have expanded rapidly in recent years. Chemistry for studying the creation and transformation of matter and energy, as well as the field of bio, has always had an important role as the bedrock supporting science, technology and society. In recent years, the industry's structure has become complex, and the interdisciplinarity of science and technology is accelerating rapidly. Environmental issues have also been highlighted, and researchers and engineers who are acquainted with various areas of expertise and can see things from a broader perspective are in demand. To respond to such needs of society, the Function Class of the Applied Chemistry Course has prepared an educational menu with advanced expertise and diversity. It is committed to cultivating human resources who can contribute to society. It is evident from the chart, which summarizes the place of employment of the graduates, that people who have been trained in the Function Class are sought by such diverse areas.

   Over 2,500 graduates of Applied Chemistry Function have been working actively not only in traditional chemical engineering (organic and inorganic basic materials, petrochemistry, textile and papermaking, fine ceramics, pharmaceuticals, etc.) but also in various industrial fields such as electricals, electronics, machinery, and automobiles.

   It is also characteristic of the Function Class that it has been turning out many graduates who are actively serving in top positions as leaders of the financial world and presidents of top universities transcending the area of research and development in industry, academia, and government, reflecting the long tradition and education of cultivating human resources with a broad perspective.

Career prospects of graduates and main place if employment in recent years

Once a student graduates (Bachelor’s Course), they will advance to graduate school or seek employment. In recent years, more than ninety percent of the graduates have advanced to the Graduate School’s Master’s Course to study more advanced learning and technology and have left the nest as engineers and researchers serving as key societal players. 

   Many graduates have advanced to the Doctoral Course and developed into the world’s top researchers. The chart below lists some of the recent places of employment for graduates of the Bachelor’s and Master’s courses. They mainly consist of the manufacturing industry. However, some have joined the information industry utilizing their interests and the service-related industries such as finance, insurance, and education. Many graduates have been involved with the government or research as civil or local public servants. The number of graduates engaged with teaching and research in national, public, and private universities and various research institutes is also increasing.

Chemical & Bio

Asahi Kasei Corp., Daicel Corporation, Daikin Industries, Ltd., Denka Company Limited., DIC Corporation, EA Pharma Co., Ltd., ENEOS Corporation, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., Japan U-Pica Company Ltd., JNC Corporation, Kaneka Corporation, Kao Corporation, Kobayashi Healthcare International, Inc., Kuraray Co., Ltd., KUREHA CORPORATION, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC., Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., NIHON TOKUSHU TORYO CO.,LTD., NIPPON FUSSO CO.,LTD., Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd., NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD., Nissan Chemical Corporation, NITTO BOSEKI CO., LTD., Nitto Denko Corporation, NOF CORPORATION, OSAKA ORGANIC CHEMICAL INDUSTRY LTD., Polyplastics Co., Ltd., SAKATA INX Corporation, Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd., SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD., Showa Denko K.K, Soda Aromatic Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., Teijin Limited, Tosho Corporation, Toray Industries, Inc., Ube Industries, Ltd., Zeon Corporation.

Electrical & Electronics

ADEKA Corporation, Azbil Corporation, Foster Electric Company, Limited, FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., Fujikura Ltd., Fujitsu Ltd., Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., HORIBA, Ltd., Huawei, Japan Process Development Co., Ltd., KYOCERA Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, MinebeaMitsumi Inc., Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., NEC Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Ricoh Co., Ltd., Sony Corporation, Tokyo Electron Ltd.

Machanical & Automobile


Primary Materials

AGC Inc., Central Glass Co., Ltd., DOWA HOLDINGS CO., LTD., NICHIA CORPORATION, NORITAKE CO., LIMITED, Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd., Soken Chemical & Engineering Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., TAIHEIYO CEMENT CORPORATION, TOTO LTD.

Research & Education

Kyushu UNIV., PD (Kyushu UNIV, Kyoto UNIV., Ritsumeikan UNIV., etc).

Civil Services

Fukuoka Prefectural Government, Fukuoka City Hall.


ABeam Consulting Ltd., AEON DELIGHT CO., LTD., ASAHI BREWERIES, LTD., Chemicals Evaluation and Research Institute, Japan, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited., EX Research Institute Ltd., Fukuoka Dydo seika Co., Ltd., ITOCHU Corporation, Kirin Holdings Company, Limited, Konoike Construction Co., Ltd., Kyushu Electric Power Company, Incorporated, Link and Motivation Inc., LIXIL Corporation, Mizkan Holdings, Recruit R&D Staffing Co., Ltd, Sansan, Inc., Sojitz Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, The Bank of Fukuoka, Ltd., Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd., Toppan Inc., WORLD INTEC CO., LTD.