Facts and information about the salary, training, education and job requirements of an analytical chemist.
Chemists are scientists trained in the study of chemistry, the composition of matters and its properties. They describe these properties in terms of molecular and atomic quantities, and measure them in proportion of substances, rates of reactions and chemical elements' properties. All these tasks they need to do with delicate attention to details coupled with their analytical skills.
Employers of Analytical Chemists
Analytical chemists are employed by variety of organizations, according to their specialized sub-disciplines in chemistry.
- Government agencies
- Medical companies
- Pharmaceutical and chemical companies
- Private food, textile, biotechnology Companies
- Publicly funded research councils
- Public health laboratories
- Specialist research organizations
- Testing companies
Generally, an analytical chemist assesses the chemical structure and nature of substances for various purposes. They include development of drugs, toxicology and in forensic analysis, whereby they analyze samples using a range of modern analytical techniques including chromatography, spectroscopy, and other similar devices.
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Developing new analytical methods
- Ensuring that health and safety issues are adhered to
- Keep up to date with scientific developments
- Liaising with research and /or scientific staff, suppliers and customers, if applicable
- Preparing products documentation
- Reporting and/or presenting results
- Writing research papers, reports, reviews and summaries
Skills for Analytical Chemists
Analytical chemists are expected to be decisive, patient, determined, flexible and thorough in their work. Their skills include:
- Ability to pay attention to details
- Ability to solve complex problems
- Analytical and numerical activities
- Communication and presentation skills
- Excellent information technology skills
- Logical and independent mind-minded
- Systematic approach to tasks
- Theoretical knowledge of analytical techniques
Training and Qualification Requirements
Generally, these are required entry to the profession: Strong bacahelor’s degree academic background for graduate chemists, good honours degree preferred) in a relevant discipline as chemistry, analytical/applied chemistry, biochemistry, and related sub-disciplines. Practical research and/or laboratory work experience is helpful, although full training in the use of specialized equipment/s is often provided.
For master’s degree post-graduate qualifications in analytical chemistry, it may be beneficial for careers in research or for career advancement in the long term. This will allow entry to the profession at a more senior level. Membership to the chemical society is one way of progressing to a higher level position as professional achievement awards can be gained in certain activities.
Average Salary of Analytical Chemists (U.S): $55,000
Analytical chemists need solid background in general chemistry, and other chemical sub-disciplines such as quantitative and qualitative chemistry, organic and biochemistry, and environmental and inorganic chemistry, among others.
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