Other names for this job might include Agricultural Chemist, Air Quality Chemist, Analytical Chemist, Astrochemist, Bench Chemist, Ceramic Chemist, Cereal Chemist, Chemical Analyst, Chemical Economist, Chemical Laboratory Chief
On a daily basis, Chemists Analyze organic or inorganic compounds to determine chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography, spectroscopy, or spectrophotometry techniques. They Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
1 of the main responsibilities as A Chemist is to Direct, coordinate, or advise personnel in test procedures for analyzing components or physical properties of materials.
Some may also Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed.
In a normal work day, another thing that Chemists do is they Conduct quality control tests.
A typical day for A Chemist look like this:
Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
Supervise scientific or technical personnel.
We asked some Chemists a few questions to find out what else does their work day look like. Here is what we found.
Do you have telephone conversations everyday in this job?
43% said yes
Do you have to use email everyday in this job?
90% said yes
How important is it to work in a team in this job?
34% said very important
Do you have group discussions everyday in this job?
73% said yes
Do you have to meet strict deadlines everyday in this job?
27% said yes
Do you talk or work with customers everyday in this job?
18% said yes
Do you have to deal with angry customers everyday in this job?
0% said yes
Do you have to make decisions everyday in this job?
48% said yes
Besides the “typical day” things that Chemists do, they Develop, improve, or customize products, equipment, formulas, processes, or analytical methods. They might also Confer with scientists or engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests.
On a weekly to monthly basis, Chemists Induce changes in composition of substances by introducing heat, light, energy, or chemical catalysts for quantitative or qualitative analysis. and Write technical papers or reports or prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests.
In addition, they Prepare test solutions, compounds, or reagents for laboratory personnel to conduct tests.
Although specific duties may vary, many of them Evaluate laboratory safety procedures to ensure compliance with standards or to make improvements as needed.
To some Chemists, it is also their responsibility to Purchase laboratory supplies, such as chemicals, when supplies are low or near their expiration date.
A typical week or month for them might include:
Develop new or advanced products or production methods.
Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists.
Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
Establish standards for products, processes, or procedures.
Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing.
40 hours per week
Regular (Set schedule and routine)
In a typical work week as A Chemist, you can expect to work 40 hours per week.
Do Chemists work in an office-style work environment?
Once a week
Once a month
Once a year
Do Chemists work in a warehouse-style work environment?
You will like this career if you are someone who likes working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. They like searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
You also like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the careers require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
They conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.
They develop usable, tangible products, using knowledge of biology, chemistry, or engineering. Solve problems related to materials, systems, or processes that interact with humans, plants, animals, microorganisms, or biological materials.
They evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials. Includes those engineers working with composite materials or specializing in one type of material, such as graphite, metal and metal alloys, ceramics and glass, plastics and polymers, and naturally occurring materials. Includes metallurgists and metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers, and welding engineers.