What does a Chemist do?

A Chemist works with elements and compounds that are found in nature or are human-made. Chemists can be employed by a wide variety of employers including pharmaceutical, industrial, biological, manufacturing and oil companies to name just a few. A Chemists primary job function is research interactions between different chemicals to discover beneficial compounds that can be used for the betterment of the human race.

Most employers require a minimum of a bachelor's degree with most preferring an advanced degree such as a Masters of Doctorate. These degrees can be obtained through local colleges, universities or accredited educational institutions. Chemists frequently process chemical equations. Having a firm grasp on advanced computation is a must in the field. Depending on the type of employer, a chemist may be required to travel to site locations to perform chemical testing.

  • Coordinate with senior management to identify an area of interest
  • Through modeling, form hypothetical chemical compounds to attain
  • Utilize lab equipment to synthesize compounds
  • Keep inventory of all chemicals with zero variance
  • Assist fellow chemists with larger projects
  • Travel to different locations for testing when requested
  • Identify improvements that can be made to existing lab processes
  • Observe all company and lab safety protocol
  • Advanced Degree (preferred)
  • Excellent computational ability
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • An understand of organic, inorganic, physical or biochemistry
  • Familiarity with common lab equipment
  • Full knowledge of hazardous material disposal laws
  • Ability to work safely around hazardous materials
  • Willingness to occasionally travel
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
24%
2 - 4
41%
5 - 7
6%
8+
29%

Common Skill Sets

Hplc
Written Communication
FTIR
Calculus
Microsoft Office Suite
Calibration
UV-VIS
Attention To Detail

Chemist Seniority Levels

L2
Chemist
$61,855/yr
L3
Senior Chemist
$88,328/yr
L4
Lead Chemist
$88,171/yr
Formulation Scientist
11% made the transition
Qc Chemist
8% made the transition
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Chemist Salaries

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