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Fast Facts?

  • Average Annual Salary $80,646
  • Hourly Pay Entry Level: $28.03
    Median: $38.77
    Experienced: $54.16
  • Growth (2014-2019)18%
  • Openings (2014-2019)122
  • Current Employment 2,108
  • Projected Employment 2,216
  • Typical Entry-level Education Bachelor's degree

Chemists

Employment, 2004 - 2019

Top Knowledge,
Skills and Abilities

  • TECHNICAL
  • Chemistry
  • Experiments
  • Biochemistry
  • Data Analysis
  • Assay Development
  • NON-TECHNICAL
  • Research
  • Communication
  • Troubleshooting
  • Writing
  • Quality Assurance and Control

occupational tasks

  • 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

Gender Breakdown: Male/Female (percentages)