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Working As A Formulator

  • 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 Formulator 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 Formulator

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 Yearly Salary
$47,000
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$33,000
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%
$68,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Perrigo
Highest Paying City
Philadelphia, PA
Highest Paying State
Pennsylvania
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Formulator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Formulator in the United States is $47,602 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $68,000.

Real Formulator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Solid Dosage Formulator International Vitamin Corporation Freehold, NJ May 02, 2014 $88,005 -
$100,000
Capillary Underfill Formulator Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials LLC, A Subsidia Marlborough, MA Mar 01, 2011 $87,214 -
$108,000
Formulator Key West Aloe Tampa, FL Oct 01, 2013 $75,000
JR. Formulator Robinson Pharma, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Jul 01, 2014 $75,000
Formulator III Xcelience LLC Tampa, FL Mar 17, 2015 $72,450
Soft Gelatin Capsule Formulator International Vitamin Corporation Irvington, NJ May 02, 2011 $72,405 -
$89,293
Formulator Lannett Company, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2010 $72,000
Pharmaceutical Formulator Sancilio & Company Riviera Beach, FL Mar 15, 2011 $70,000
Staff Formulator QS Pharma LLC Boothwyn, PA Mar 09, 2016 $66,950
Formulator II Xcelience, LLC Tampa, FL Dec 28, 2015 $66,000
Staff Formulator QS Pharma LLC Boothwyn, PA Sep 03, 2015 $65,000
Cosmetic Formulator Cosmetic Lab, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA Oct 01, 2009 $65,000
Formulator III Xcelience LLC Tampa, FL Nov 05, 2012 $63,731 -
$69,000
Staff Formulator QS Pharma LLC Boothwyn, PA Dec 28, 2015 $62,500
Staff Formulator Charles River Laboratories, Inc. Boothwyn, PA Dec 14, 2016 $62,500
Staff Formulator Charles River Laboratories Contract Manufacturing Pa, LLC Boothwyn, PA Sep 15, 2016 $62,500
Staff Formulator Charles River Laboratories, Inc. Boothwyn, PA Dec 14, 2016 $60,518
Staff Formulator Charles River Laboratories Contract Manufacturing Pa, LLC Boothwyn, PA Sep 15, 2016 $60,518
Formulator Nexgen Pharma Colorado Springs, CO Jul 15, 2010 $60,000
Formulator Lannett Company, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 21, 2013 $59,675
Formulator II Xcelience, LLC Tampa, FL Jan 10, 2016 $59,400
Formulator Seychelles Organics, Inc. Bowling Green, FL Sep 12, 2013 $58,000
Formulator II Xcelience LLC Tampa, FL Mar 30, 2016 $57,600
Formulator II Xcelience LLC Tampa, FL Sep 24, 2015 $56,500
Formulator Pharmaceutics International, Inc. Huntingtown, MD Mar 29, 2016 $56,389
Formulator Pharmaceutics International, Inc. Huntingtown, MD Mar 28, 2016 $56,389
Formulator II Xcelience LLC Tampa, FL Mar 29, 2016 $55,848

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Top Skills for A Formulator

  1. Formulation Equipment
  2. Raw Materials
  3. Proper Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed raw materials specifications, cost, and availability and selected suitable raw materials for tablet formulation.
  • Flush out tanks for next product following the proper procedures for each product.
  • Received, weighed, verified and reconciled raw materials coming in the department in accordance with the SOP.
  • Reviewed the daily computer log and reported any inaccuracies in the process board, per FDA standards.
  • Follow written procedures and maintain GMP compliance.

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Top 10 Best States for Formulators

  1. Pennsylvania
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  3. Maine
  4. Rhode Island
  5. North Carolina
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Formulator Demographics

Gender

Male

72.4%

Female

16.0%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Asian

9.4%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.5%

Chinese

15.4%

Mandarin

7.7%

French

7.7%

Hindi

7.7%
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Formulator Education

Schools

Independence Community College

6.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

6.8%

ITT Technical Institute-Germantown

6.8%

North Carolina State University

4.5%

Northern Arizona University

4.5%

Cardinal Stritch University

4.5%

Temple University

4.5%

Utah Valley University

4.5%

Brigham Young University

4.5%

College of Southern Idaho

4.5%

York Technical College

4.5%

Clinton Community College

4.5%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.5%

South Dakota State University

4.5%

University of Phoenix

4.5%

Salt Lake Community College

4.5%

University of Utah

4.5%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.5%

University of Rhode Island

4.5%
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Majors

Business

15.0%

Chemistry

15.0%

Biology

10.5%

Pharmacy

9.0%

Chemical Engineering

8.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.8%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.8%

General Studies

3.8%

Automotive Technology

3.0%

Animal Science

2.3%

Computer Science

2.3%

Hospitality Management

2.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.3%

Biomedical Engineering

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Food Science

2.3%

Psychology

1.5%

Alternative And Complementary Medicine And Medical Systems

1.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.2%

Other

23.6%

Masters

16.6%

Associate

15.1%

Certificate

6.0%

Doctorate

5.5%
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