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Working As a Chemical Analyst

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $47,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Chemical Analyst Do

Chemical technicians use laboratory instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, produce, and test chemical products and processes.

Duties

Chemical technicians typically do the following:

  • Monitor chemical processes and test the quality of products to make sure that they meet standards and specifications
  • Set up and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment
  • Troubleshoot production problems or malfunctioning instruments
  • Prepare chemical solutions
  • Conduct chemical and physical experiments, tests, and analyses for a variety of purposes, including research and development
  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses
  • Prepare technical reports, graphs, and charts, and give presentations that summarize their results

Most chemical technicians work on teams. Typically, they are led by chemists or chemical engineers who direct their work and evaluate their results. For example, some chemical technicians help chemists and other scientists develop new medicines. Others help chemical engineers develop more efficient production processes.

Chemical technicians’ duties and titles often depend on where they work. The following are the two main types of chemical technicians:

Laboratory technicians typically help scientists conduct experiments and analyses. Often, they prepare chemical solutions, test products for quality and performance, and analyze compounds produced through complex chemical processes. Chemical laboratory technicians may analyze samples of air and water to monitor pollution levels. Laboratory technicians usually set up and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments.

Processing technicians monitor the quality of products and processes at chemical manufacturing facilities. For example, they adjust processing equipment to improve production efficiency and output. They also collect samples from production batches, which then are tested for impurities and other defects. In addition, processing technicians test product packaging to make sure that it is well designed, will hold up well, and will have a limited impact on the environment.

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How To Become A Chemical Analyst

Chemical technicians need an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary education for most jobs. Most chemical technicians also receive on-the-job training.

Education

For most jobs, chemical technicians need an associate’s degree in applied science or chemical technology or 2 years of postsecondary education.

Many technical and community colleges offer programs in applied sciences or chemical technology. Students typically take classes in mathematics, physics, and biology, in addition to chemistry courses. Coursework in statistics and computer science is also useful, because technicians routinely do data analysis and modeling.

One of the most important aspects of any degree program is laboratory time. Laboratory coursework provides students with hands-on experience in conducting experiments and using various instruments and techniques properly. Many schools also offer internships and cooperative-education programs that help students gain employment experience while attending school.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Chemical technicians must be able to set up and operate sophisticated equipment and instruments. They also may need to adjust the equipment to ensure that experiments and processes are running properly and safely.

Analytical skills. Chemical technicians must be able to conduct scientific experiments with accuracy and precision.

Communication skills. Chemical technicians must explain their work to scientists and engineers, and to workers who may not have a technical background. They often write reports to communicate their results.

Critical-thinking skills. Chemical technicians reach their conclusions through sound reasoning and judgment.

Interpersonal skills. Chemical technicians must be able to work well with others as part of a team because they often work with scientists, engineers, and other technicians.

Observation skills. Chemical technicians must carefully monitor chemical experiments and processes. They must keep complete records of their work, including conditions, procedures, and results.

Time-management skills. Chemical technicians often work on multiple tasks and projects at the same time and must be able to prioritize their assignments.

Training

Most chemical technicians receive on-the-job training. Typically, experienced technicians teach new employees proper methods and procedures for conducting experiments and operating equipment. The length of training varies with the new employee’s level of experience and education and the industry the worker is employed in.

Advancement

Technicians who have a bachelor’s degree may advance to positions as chemical engineers or chemists. For more information, see the profiles on chemical engineers and chemists and materials scientists.

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Average Length of Employment
Chemist 3.5 years
Chemical Analyst 3.0 years
Associate Chemist 3.0 years
Laboratory Analyst 2.9 years
Laboratory Chemist 2.8 years
Chemist Assistant 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Chemical Analyst
Chemist 8.6%
Internship 8.4%
Technician 3.9%
Tutor 2.8%
Top Careers After Chemical Analyst
Chemist 15.4%
Analyst 4.7%
Scientist 3.7%
Consultant 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$47,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance
Highest Paying City
Arlington, TX
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Chemical Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Chemical Analyst in the United States is $47,459 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $64,000.

Real Chemical Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chemical Analyst Manum Corp New Hyde Park, NY Sep 30, 2016 $120,000
Chemical Analyst Wood MacKenzie, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 21, 2015 $100,000 -
$120,000
Chemical Analyst Wood MacKenzie, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 11, 2013 $90,000 -
$130,000
Chemical Analyst Wood MacKenzie Houston, TX Oct 27, 2014 $68,000 -
$115,000
Chemical Analyst Manum Corp New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $68,000
Chemical Analyst Manum Corp New Hyde Park, NY Oct 01, 2013 $68,000
Chemical Analyst Austarpharma, LLC Edison, NJ Aug 28, 2015 $65,600
Semiconductor Chemical Analyst Semes America, Inc. Ballston Spa, NY Sep 15, 2016 $65,000
Chemical Analyst A4 Scientific, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 15, 2012 $60,000
Chemical Analyst Bryan Laboratory, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 09, 2015 $55,000
Chemical Analyst Manum Corp New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $52,250
Chemical Analyst Coastal Gulf & International Laboratories, Inc. Luling, LA Apr 01, 2013 $45,914
Chemical Analyst Katoen Natie USA, Inc. La Porte, TX Sep 07, 2015 $45,760
Chemical Analyst Alchemy Aromatics, LLC New Albany, IN Sep 04, 2014 $43,347 -
$70,000
Chemical Analyst A4 Scientific, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 15, 2009 $43,000
Chemical Analyst Spectrum Analytical, Inc. Warwick, RI Apr 05, 2012 $43,000
Chemical Analyst Spectrum Analytical, Inc. North Kingstown, RI Sep 23, 2013 $42,848

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Top Skills for A Chemical Analyst

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Analytical Methods
  3. Analytical Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Selected and set-up the following lab equipment, laminar flow hood, a peristaltic pump, incubators and API micro assays.
  • Troubleshooted and implemented improvements to existing analytical methods.
  • Support and assist chemists on improvement to analytical procedures using existing equipment.
  • Conduct chemical analysis for raw materials, intermediate products and final products at the stability stage for specification and quality compliance.
  • Followed Procedures for manufacturing, troubleshooting and testing HPLC columns using automated instruments.

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Top 10 Best States for Chemical Analysts

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. Michigan
  3. Virginia
  4. Arkansas
  5. Alabama
  6. New Jersey
  7. Illinois
  8. Maine
  9. Texas
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Chemical Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

49.4%

Female

39.2%

Unknown

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

54.8%

Hispanic or Latino

19.8%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.3%

Arabic

10.0%

French

8.6%

Portuguese

7.1%

Japanese

4.3%

Chinese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Dutch

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Amharic

1.4%

Mandarin

1.4%

Armenian

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Polish

1.4%
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Chemical Analyst Education

Schools

University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo

7.1%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

6.1%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.1%

University of Houston

6.1%

University of Phoenix

6.1%

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

5.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.1%

San Jose State University

5.1%

Portland State University

5.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.1%

Colorado State University

5.1%

Francis Marion University

4.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

University of Puerto Rico - Humacao

4.0%

Ohio State University

4.0%

Georgia State University

4.0%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.0%

North Carolina State University

4.0%
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Majors

Chemistry

32.3%

Biology

20.4%

Chemical Engineering

7.7%

Business

6.6%

Environmental Science

6.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Management

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.9%

Biotechnology

1.9%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

1.7%

Chemical Technology

1.7%

Public Health

1.6%

Microbiology

1.4%

Nursing

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Finance

1.2%

Law

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.0%

Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.3%

Masters

21.8%

Other

13.4%

Associate

5.7%

Doctorate

4.4%

Certificate

1.9%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.3%
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