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Your job is to Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.
Common job titles of Chemists include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
85.77% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
6.67% said they needed a Master's Degree.
Conduct quality control tests.
Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed.
Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
Analyze organic or inorganic compounds to determine chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography, spectroscopy, or spectrophotometry techniques.
Direct, coordinate, or advise personnel in test procedures for analyzing components or physical properties of materials.
Prepare test solutions, compounds, or reagents for laboratory personnel to conduct tests.
Write technical papers or reports or prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests.
Induce changes in composition of substances by introducing heat, light, energy, or chemical catalysts for quantitative or qualitative analysis.
Purchase laboratory supplies, such as chemicals, when supplies are low or near their expiration date.
Evaluate laboratory safety procedures to ensure compliance with standards or to make improvements as needed.
Confer with scientists or engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests.
Develop, improve, or customize products, equipment, formulas, processes, or analytical methods.
Study effects of various methods of processing, preserving, or packaging on composition or properties of foods.
X ray diffraction equipment
Well tissue culture plates
Tubular furnacesAll Tools
Tube magnetic mixers
Top-loading electronic balances
Tissue culture plates
Thermal gravimetric analyzers
Strip chart recorders
Stereo zoom microscopes
Single crystal x ray diffractometers
Signal average storage scopes
Scanning tunneling microscopes STM
Scanning electron microscopes SEM
Refrigerated high-speed centrifuges
Particle size analyzers
Oxygen bomb calorimeters
Oscillating disc rheometers
Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet Nd:YAG lasers
Microwave digestion systems
Mercury lamp photolysis systems
Melting point apparatus
Magnetic susceptibility balances
Liquid scintillation counters
Liquid chromatographs LC
Laser power meters
Laboratory vacuum pumps
Lab heat exchangers
Karl Fischer titrators
Ion selective electrode ISE meters
Infrared IR spectrometers
Inert atmosphere glove boxes
Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers ICP-MS
Hot plates with magnetic stirrers
High-pressure liquid chromatography systems
High-pressure high-temperature reactors
High-performance liquid chromatographs
Gas chromatographs GC
Gas chromatograph mass spectrometers GC-MS
Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers
Flow injection analyzers
Electronic toploading balances
Dissolved oxygen meters
Digital gel analyzer systems
Digital electrophoresis documentation and analysis systems
Differential scanning calorimeters
Cold trap evaporators
Closed cycle refrigerators
Centrifugal evaporator concentrators
Carbon hydrogen nitrogen CHN elemental analyzers
Capillary electrophoresis systems
Box furnace ovens
Automatic peptide synthesizers
Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
Airfree/waterfree solvent purification systems
ChemInnovation Software Chem 4-D
ChemSW Molecular Modeling Pro
National Instruments LabVIEW
Advanced Chemistry Development ACD/1D nuclear magnetic resonance NMR processorAll Technologies
Apple iWork Keynote
Apple iWork Numbers
Apple iWork Pages
Bruker BioSpin TopSpin
CambridgeSoft ChemOffice Ultra
Chemical kinetics software
ChemSW Buffer Maker
ChemSW Calibration Pro
ChemSW Chemical Inventory System CIS
ChemSW Laboratory Document Control System LDCS
ChemSW Mass Spec Tools
ChemSW Uncertainty Pro
Conversion tools software
Density functional theory DFT software
Digital imaging software
Gas chromatograph GS software
Internet browser software
JDA Arthur KnowledgeBase database
Laboratory information management system LIMS
LabTrack Electronic Lab Notebook
Molecular simulation software
Network Science IR Mentor Pro
Organic synthesis planning software
SciQuest PE TurboChrom
Surface modeling software
Vogel Scientific Software Group CALACO
Waters Empower Chromatography Data Software
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Number Facility
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.