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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. Other duties:

  • Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena.

  • May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity.

  • May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.

  • Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

United States SOC Codes included for reference:

  • 17-2041 Chemical Engineers

  • 19-1021 Biochemists and Biophysicists

  • 19-2031 Chemists

Top Job Titles: Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Staff Scientist, Forensic Scientist, Process Engineer, Product Development Scientist, Analytical Scientist, Biomedical Scientist, Research Scientist, Biochemist

Top Skills: Research, Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, High-Performance Liquid Chromatography, Chromatography, Organic Chemistry, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Spectroscopy, Good Manufacturing Practices

Top Educational Programs: Chemistry, General; Chemical Engineering; Biochemistry; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry, Other

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