What do Chemists do?

Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.

  • Analyze organic or inorganic compounds to determine chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography, spectroscopy, or spectrophotometry techniques.
  • Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed.
  • Develop, improve, or customize products, equipment, formulas, processes, or analytical methods.
  • Conduct quality control tests.
  • 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.
  • Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
  • Confer with scientists or engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard 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.
  • Study effects of various methods of processing, preserving, or packaging on composition or properties of foods.

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Necessary Skills

  • Science
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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