Research & DevelopmentResearch Chemist

Research Chemists use their knowledge of chemical reactions to investigate new uses for substances.

Research Chemist

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Was chemistry your favorite subject in school? Do you love chemistry enough to get an advanced degree to learn all the ins and outs of chemical research? A career as a Research Chemist might be right for you.

As a Research Chemist, you'll conduct chemical analyses or experiments in petrochemical labs. Your objective will be quality control or to develop new products or knowledge of petrochemicals.

You'll need at least a Bachelor's degree in chemistry and many employers will want a Master's or even a PhD. To be successful in this role, you'll need knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. You'll compile the relevant information into reports and research findings.

A strong commitment to safety is very important as a Research Chemist. You'll need to wear common protective or safety equipment. To get this job, you'll need demonstrated research experience, exceptional drive and the ability to communicate well in presentations and written documents.

Critical Skills

  • Analytical or Scientific Software
  • Analyzing Data
  • Chemistry Knowledge
  • Gather and Collect Data
  • Gathering Information Through Observation
  • Lab Research Principles
  • Prepare Documents and Reports
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures
  • Understanding of Regulatory Requirements

Key Responsibilities

  • Ability to develop and lead independent research projects
  • Conduct studies to understand the chemistry mechanism of complex systems
  • Identify and develop new chemistries for molecules of interest
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data from lab, plant, and commercial operations
  • Originate new and unique concepts that can be patented
  • Document results, prepare reports, and present work products
  • Work in a team environment, exhibit strong skills in scientific collaboration and cooperation
  • Engage in cross-functional problem solving activities

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.

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Salary: $25-40/hour

My Interests

Having Independence

Managing People


Improving Processes

Learning & Growing

Working with Data

Physical Activity

Writing Reports and Documentation

Caring for the Environment

Managing Things

Quiet Work Place

Avoiding Risk

Avoiding Stress

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Required Education

Bachelor's in Chemistry

Preferred Education

Master's or PhD in chemistry, organic chemistry, or related field

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