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Become A Quality Control Chemist

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Working As A Quality Control Chemist

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

  • $50,066

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Control Chemist Do

A Quality Control Chemist uses chemistry lab skills to test and measure materials, usually in a manufacturing or pharmaceutical field. They analyze samples using scientific equipment, prepare study protocols, collect data, and identify and investigate abnormal test results.

How To Become A Quality Control 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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30,695 Quality Control Chemist jobs

Highland Laboratories
Mount Angel, OR
Quality Control Chemist

$50,066 Estimated

Real Staffing
Raleigh, NC
Quality Control Chemist

$46,883 Estimated

ANI Pharmaceuticals
Baudette, MN
QC Chemist / Sr. QC Chemist

$71,260 Estimated

Cary, IL
QC Chemist

$49,440 Estimated

Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Inc.
Tewksbury, MA
Senior Quality Control Chemist

$72,590 Estimated

General Electric
Arlington Heights, IL
Quality Control Chemist

$49,440 Estimated

Job Juncture
Lancaster, SC
Quality Control Chemist

$49,828 Estimated

Lake Forest, IL
Quality Control Chemist I

$52,162 Estimated

Buena, NJ
Quality Control Chemist II

$55,380 Estimated

ISK Biocides
Memphis, TN
Quality Control Chemist

$41,869 Estimated

Belcan Corporation
Myerstown, PA
Quality Control - Chemist (RAW)

$45,464 Estimated

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Baton Rouge, LA
Quality Control Chemist

$50,066 Estimated

Belcan Corporation
Myerstown, PA
Quality Control - Chemist (Bulk)

$45,464 Estimated

Apex Life Sciences
Lake Forest, IL
Quality Control Chemist I

$52,162 Estimated

Computer Task Group(CTG)
Myerstown, PA

$45,464 Estimated

Myerstown, PA
Quality Control Chemist, Bulk

$45,464 Estimated

Charlotte's Web Hemp
Boulder, CO
Quality Control Chemist

$50,066 Estimated

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Fremont, CA
Quality Control Chemist, Microbiology

$51,507 Estimated

North Brunswick, NJ
QC Chemist

$55,380 Estimated

The Lubrizol Corporation
Pico Rivera, CA
QC Chemist

$44,629 Estimated

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Real Quality Control Chemist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quality Control Chemist Manager Aviation Fueling Consulting Corp Miramar, FL Aug 16, 2016 $128,440
Quality Control Chemist Bizlink Technology, Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 06, 2016 $114,941
Supervisor Quality Control Chemist Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals Inc. Salisbury, MD Oct 24, 2015 $81,110
Quality Control Chemist Bactolac Pharmaceutical Inc. Hauppauge, NY Jan 10, 2016 $80,501
Supervisor, Quality Control Chemist Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals Inc. Salisbury, MD Nov 05, 2015 $78,107
Quality Control Chemist Sciegen Pharmaceuticals Inc. Hauppauge, NY Jan 10, 2016 $77,575
Quality Control Chemist Protech Minerals, Inc. Victorville, CA Mar 10, 2015 $77,230
Analytical QC Chemist New Jersey Laboratories New Brunswick, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $76,960
Quality Control Chemist Contract Pharmacal Corp. Hauppauge, NY Jun 14, 2016 $74,464
Quality Control Chemist/Scientist Ascent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Central Islip, NY Jun 11, 2016 $74,000
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Top Skills for A Quality Control Chemist


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Top Quality Control Chemist Skills

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Raw Materials
  3. Drug Products
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform all necessary calibrations on lab equipment.
  • Reviewed controlled material reports and certificate of analysis for all incoming raw materials and coordinated testing.
  • Performed routine product stability and release testing of drug products.
  • Performed routine GC and HPLC waters empower3 and method transfers analysis (including integration and result calculations).
  • Execute methods for calibration of analytical instruments.

Top Quality Control Chemist Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Quality Control Chemist

  1. Mylan LLC
  2. KIK Custom Products
  3. Bio-Rad Laboratories
  4. Thermo Fisher Scientific
  5. Endo Pharmaceuticals
  6. Bactolac Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  7. Solvay
  8. Tolmar Inc.
  9. Johnson Matthey Pharma Services
  10. VI-Jon
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