Leather Chemist

Leather chemists are scientists who apply their knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology to develop the technology of leather production.

Leather manufacture is concerned with the conversion of raw cattle hide and sheepskins into the stable, useful and attractive product known as leather. Understanding this conversion process, called tanning, requires knowledge of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology.

Leather chemists are experts on the processing of all types of leather including the preservation of the hides, the tanning of the hides and the finishing of the leather. They also have expert knowledge of the quality tests that leather is subjected to. A leather chemist can move into a senior supervisory and management position on the technical and production side


  • tanneries

  • companies that supply tanning materials to tanneries

  • Leather Industries Research Institute

  • SABS

  • self-employment, a leather chemist who specialises in high value leathers can start a business

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation work in a tannery

  • make an appointment to speak to a leather chemist about this type of career


Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Egerton University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenyatta University, Kisii University, Laikipia University, Makerere University, Moi University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Pwani University College, Solusi University, South Eastern Kenya University, University of Eastern Africa Baraton, University of Eldoret, University of Johannesburg, University of Nairobi, University of Namibia, University of Rwanda, University of Stellenbosch

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