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Working As A Field Chemist

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $71,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Field Chemist Do At Stericycle

* Provide lab pack services to technical customers.
* Identify, segregate, package and ship hazardous and non-hazardous waste, including some pharmaceutical waste.
* Properly prepare manifests, land disposal restrictions and associated paperwork for proper transportation of waste materials over the road.
* Responsible for ensuring the safety of team members and compliance of services provided to the customer.
* Perform other projects as required by customers, including inventory support, lab moves, on-site services, unknown characterization, high-hazard support, etc.
* Performs other related duties as required or requested.
* This position may work completely independently on some jobs, but will often provide technical and work direction to less experienced team members.
* This person is first and foremost a lab pack trained chemist capable of on-site waste characterization, packing and generation of all required documents that happens to drive a truck, but is not just a truck driver who only picks up hazardous waste.
* Position Requirements
* Education and Experience Required (including certifications and/or software requirements for the position): Education equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree in the sciences or the equivalent in related work experience, one or more years of industry related experience as a lab pack technician preferred.
* Must possess a valid driver’s license Must be willing to get qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle rated at 26,001 pounds or greater (CDL B).
* Demonstrates a general knowledge of EPA and DOT Regulations as it relates to waste characterization and the transportation of hazardous waste.
* Some understanding of handling DEA controls is a plus.
* Demonstrates knowledge of computer software applications including spreadsheets and word processing.
* Master the English language both verbal and written.
* Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand customer needs; takes appropriate actions to ensure customer needs are met and proactively searches ways to increase customer satisfaction.
* Must be able to work efficiently and independently.
* Demonstrate the ability to persist with a specific course of action.
* Must be willing to commit the necessary time and effort to complete work assignments and do a quality job.
* Demonstrate the ability to present ideas and information in a clear, concise, organized and diplomatic manner; listen to others to respond effectively to ideas and questions.
* Demonstrate excellent attention to detail and ability to review work for accuracy.
* Demonstrate ability to manage own time and schedule to get work accomplished and meet customer needs.
* Demonstrate strong networking and proven relationship building skills and proven customer relationship development skills.
* Position requires extensive lifting, walking, bending, and pushing.
* Must be able to lift up to 75 pounds and push/ or pull carts weighing up to 500 pounds.
* Must be able to travel within geographic assignments and occasional overnight assignments.
* We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected

What Does A Field Chemist Do At National Response Corporation

* Ensure health and safety compliance on all assigned projects.
* Manage all potential risks and liabilities of a project through complete understanding of the contract documents in order to maintain and protect NRC Environmental Services best interest.
* Maintain accurate records of all jobs and events to achieve full reimbursement of funds from client by turning in daily work reports in a timely manner (daily), managing subcontractors used on jobs, providing assistance as needed to complete timely invoicing.
* Manage all phases of hazardous waste disposal of hazardous waste generated on assigned projects including hazard categorization, manifesting, disposal, and reporting.
* Complete chemical identification, segregation, packing, profiling, and transporter arrangement of all hazardous waste for internal and external clientele.
* Track waste, schedule disposal with dispatch and be responsible for the 10-day activities to assure compliance.
* Build relationships with key members of various regulatory agencies and participate in meetings and symposiums whenever possible.
* Correct completion of all NRC paperwork and project documentation including accurate recording of time worked, Daily work reports, Daily Tailgate Safety Meeting Forms, Hazardous Waste Manifest, Profiles, Bill of Lading, and Notes/Incident Action Logbook.
* Must be able to understand and comply with company and client safety standards/requirements along with accurate completion of Health & Safety documents including proper accident/injury reporting.
* May be required to operate various equipment, drive NRC vehicles and water craft.
* Performs other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Field Chemist

Chemists and materials scientists need at least a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related field. However, a master’s degree or Ph.D. is required for many research jobs.


A bachelor’s degree in chemistry or in a related field is needed for entry-level chemist or materials scientist jobs. Although some materials scientists hold a degree in materials science, most have a degree in chemistry, physics, or engineering. Many jobs require a master’s degree or a Ph.D. and also may require significant levels of work experience. Chemists and materials scientists with a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience typically lead basic- or applied-research teams.

Many colleges and universities offer degree programs in chemistry that are approved by the American Chemical Society. There are few programs specifically in materials science, but the number of programs is gradually increasing. Some colleges offer materials science as a specialization within their chemistry programs, and some engineering schools offer degrees in the joint field of materials science and engineering. High school students can prepare for college coursework by taking chemistry, math, and computer science classes.

Undergraduate chemistry majors typically are required to take courses in analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. In addition to chemistry coursework, they take classes in mathematics, biological sciences, and physics. Computer science courses are essential, because chemists and materials scientists need computer skills to perform modeling and simulation tasks, manage and manipulate databases, and operate computerized laboratory equipment.

Laboratory experience, either at a college or university, or through internships, fellowships, or work–study programs in industry, is also useful.

Graduate students studying chemistry commonly specialize in a subfield, such as analytical chemistry or inorganic chemistry. For example, those interested in doing research in the pharmaceutical industry usually develop a strong background in medicinal or organic chemistry.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Chemists and materials scientists carry out scientific experiments and studies. They must be precise and accurate in their analyses, because errors could invalidate their research.

Communication skills. Chemists and materials scientists need to communicate with team members and other scientists. They must be able to read and write technical reports and give presentations.

Critical-thinking skills. Chemists and materials scientists carefully evaluate their own work and the work of others. They must determine if results and conclusions are based on sound science.

Interpersonal skills. Chemists and materials scientists typically work on interdisciplinary research teams and need to work well with others toward a common goal. Many serve as team leaders and must be able to motivate and direct other team members.

Math skills. Chemists and materials scientists regularly use complex mathematical equations and formulas, and they need a broad understanding of mathematics, including calculus, algebra, and statistics.

Organizational skills. Chemists and materials scientists need to document processes carefully in order to conform to regulations and industry procedures. Disorganization in the workplace can lead to legal problems, damage to equipment, and chemical spills.

Perseverance. Scientific research involves substantial trial and error, and chemists and materials scientists must not become discouraged in their work.

Problem-solving skills. Chemists and materials scientists research and develop new and improved chemical products, processes, and materials. This work requires a great deal of trial and error on the part of chemists and materials scientists before a unique solution is found.

Time-management skills. Chemists and materials scientists usually need to meet deadlines when conducting research. They must be able to manage time and prioritize tasks efficiently while maintaining their quality of work.


Chemists typically receive greater responsibility and independence in their work as they gain experience. Greater responsibility also is gained through further education. Ph.D. chemists usually lead research teams and have control over the direction and content of projects, but even Ph.D. holders have room to advance as they gain experience. As chemists become more proficient in managing research projects, they may take on larger, more complicated, and more expensive projects.

Some chemists and materials scientists become natural sciences managers.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Romanian

  • Polish


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Top Field Chemist Skills

  1. Household Hazardous Waste
  2. Laboratory Equipment
  3. Disposal Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised household hazardous waste collection operations.
  • Maintained and calibrated laboratory equipment.
  • Pack, label, and manifest multiple waste streams properly for shipping to appropriate disposal facility.
  • Prepare the required DOT documentation for interstate hazardous waste transportation.
  • Assisted in performing lab packs.

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