What does a Chemist do?

A Chemist works with elements and compounds that are found in nature or are human-made. Chemists can be employed by a wide variety of employers including pharmaceutical, industrial, biological, manufacturing and oil companies to name just a few. A Chemists primary job function is research interactions between different chemicals to discover beneficial compounds that can be used for the betterment of the human race.

Most employers require a minimum of a bachelor's degree with most preferring an advanced degree such as a Masters of Doctorate. These degrees can be obtained through local colleges, universities or accredited educational institutions. Chemists frequently process chemical equations. Having a firm grasp on advanced computation is a must in the field. Depending on the type of employer, a chemist may be required to travel to site locations to perform chemical testing.

  • Coordinate with senior management to identify an area of interest
  • Through modeling, form hypothetical chemical compounds to attain
  • Utilize lab equipment to synthesize compounds
  • Keep inventory of all chemicals with zero variance
  • Assist fellow chemists with larger projects
  • Travel to different locations for testing when requested
  • Identify improvements that can be made to existing lab processes
  • Observe all company and lab safety protocol
  • Advanced Degree (preferred)
  • Excellent computational ability
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • An understand of organic, inorganic, physical or biochemistry
  • Familiarity with common lab equipment
  • Full knowledge of hazardous material disposal laws
  • Ability to work safely around hazardous materials
  • Willingness to occasionally travel
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Chemist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£27,852 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £28K
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Chemist Career Path

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Analytical Chemist
5 Dec 2021

“Very good orientation process and if you're willing to learn will let your career grow.”

smartData EnterprisessmartData Enterprises
2 Sep 2019

“I got many opportunities to work with new things and develop on a broader scale.”

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesFlorida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Chemist III
14 Aug 2021

“Poor salary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .”

15 Mar 2021

“People are nice and understanding.”

Senior Research Chemist
27 Nov 2021

“Good and experienced teams.”

2 Oct 2020

“People are good and respectful.”

Pfizer IrelandPfizer Ireland
Quality Chemist
19 Mar 2021

“Scheduling Issues and Overtime.”

Chemetall North AmericaChemetall North America
28 May 2021

“Payrate is not based on experience and performance and you will forever be stuck with your starting salary.”

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