Analytical Chemist

Analytical Chemist

Analytical chemists study chemical compounds to determine what they are composed of and how they interact with other substances. For this reason, analytical chemists play an important role in looking at the relationship between chemistry and the environment, food, fuel, and human and animal medicines. They also determine how medicines may interact with other medicines or the body of an organism. Additionally, they will provide solutions to support formulation and development of active ingredients and packaging.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Provide solutions to support active ingredient and packaging development and product formulation
  • Conduct product chemistry studies that meet worldwide regulatory requirements
  • Provide analytical support to the supply chain through reliable data, efficient analytical methods and effective problem solving
  • Support product registrations by providing priority analysis, methodology and expertise to regulatory authorities around the world
  • Represent analytical sciences at team meetings and provide analytical support
  • Design and conduct laboratory experiments
  • Perform analytical methods necessary for the characterization of products
  • Design, set up and conduct stability studies
  • Properly document and report lab results
  • Troubleshoot and refine analytical processes
  • Identify new analytical techniques to improve efficiency in testing
  • Communicate results of studies and trials to leadership and to outside audiences as needed
  • Work with other scientists across disciplines including synthetic chemistry, formulation development, quality assurance, discovery and manufacturing
  • Assist in the preparation and writing of regulatory filings
  • Provide testimony to government agencies as needed
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, chemistry, writing and computer skills.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemistry, laboratory science or a related field is required to become an analytical chemist.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Agricultural companies that develop chemical and pharmaceutical solutions for farmers often hire analytical chemists. You may work in a variety of functions such as formulating new herbicides or developing new medicines to treat animals.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of Analytical Chemists
  • Weed Science Society of America 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$77,000
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