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Chemists

Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.   (O'Net 19-2031.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Agricultural Chemist, Air Quality Chemist, Analytical Chemist, Astrochemist, Bench Chemist, Ceramic Chemist, Cereal Chemist, Chemical Analyst, Chemical Economist, Chemical Laboratory Chief, Chemical Laboratory Scientist, Chemist, Coagulating Drying Supervisor, Coal Chemist, Control Chemist, Cosmetic Chemist, Criminalist, Dairy Chemist, Electrochemist, Food Chemist, Food Processing Chemist, Forensic Chemist, Forensic Scientist, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Analyst (GC-MS Analyst), Industrial Chemist, Inorganic Chemist, Laboratory Chemist, Laboratory Supervisor, Medical Chemist, Metals Analyst, Mix Chemist, Nutritional Chemist, Oil Expert, Patent Chemist, Pesticide Chemist, Pharmaceutical Analyst, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Physical Chemist, Physiological Chemist, Powder Expert, Process Chemist, Product Development Chemist, Quality Control Chemist (QC Chemist), Research and Development Chemist, Research Chemist, Rubber Chemist, Sanitary Chemist, Scientist, Senior Chemist, Soil Chemist, Textile Chemist, Water Chemist, Wet Chemistry Analyst
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 21.34   $ 24.82   $ 28.52   $ 33.85   $ 55.24   $ 37.38  
    Yearly $44,390   $51,620   $59,330   $70,400   $114,900   $77,750  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 20.84   $ 23.70   $ 27.57   $ 31.11   $ 57.98   $ 37.73  
    Yearly $43,350   $49,290   $57,340   $64,710   $120,590   $78,480  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 25.78   $ 28.04   $ 31.94   $ 36.12   $ 38.63   $ 32.24  
    Yearly $53,620   $58,320   $66,430   $75,140   $80,360   $67,050  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 138 157 1.3% 5
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Chemists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Chemical manufacturing 30.3%
    Scientific research and development services 17.7%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 10.9%
    Federal government, all industries 6.5%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 5.1%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Chemists
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  • Analyze organic or inorganic compounds to determine chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography, spectroscopy, or spectrophotometry techniques.
     
  • Conduct quality control tests.
     
  • Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed.
     
  • Prepare test solutions, compounds, or reagents for laboratory personnel to conduct tests.
     
  • Induce changes in composition of substances by introducing heat, light, energy, or chemical catalysts for quantitative or qualitative analysis.
     
  • Evaluate laboratory safety procedures to ensure compliance with standards or to make improvements as needed.
     
  • Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
     
  • Write technical papers or reports or prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemists  updated July 2013
     


    Knowledge
    for Chemists
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  • Chemistry - 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.
     
  • Mathematics - 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.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemists  updated July 2013
     


    Skills
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  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Active Listening - 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.
     
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemists  updated July 2013
     


    Abilities
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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to 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).
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemists  updated July 2013
     


    Work Activities
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  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemists  updated July 2013
     


    Interests
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemists  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemists  updated July 2013
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Chemists
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemists  updated July 2013
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Chemists
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Analytical Chemistry.
     
    • Chemical Physics.
     
    • Chemistry, General.
     
    • Chemistry, Other.
     
    • Environmental Chemistry. (NEW)
     
    • Forensic Chemistry. (NEW)
     
    • Inorganic Chemistry.
     
    • Materials Chemistry. (NEW)
     
    • Organic Chemistry.
     
    • Physical Chemistry.
     
    • Polymer Chemistry.
     
    • Theoretical Chemistry. (NEW)
     
     Search for schools offering these programs at
     
     
     
    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemists 
     

     
     
     
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