DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
Occupational Description:Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge. Excludes “Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042) and "Biochemists and Biophysicists" (19-1021).
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|EDR 8 - Southwest||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change -|
|Agricultural and Food Science Technicians||70||$16.52/hr||N/A|
|Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health||10||$11.36/hr||N/A|
Tasks for Chemists
- Analyzes organic and inorganic compounds to determine chemical and physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, and reactions, utilizing chromatography, spectroscopy, and spectrophotometry techniques.
- Develops, improves, and customizes products, equipment, formulas, processes, and analytical methods.
- Studies effects of various methods of processing, preserving, and packaging on composition and properties of foods.
- Confers with scientists and engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests.
- Prepares test solutions, compounds, and reagents for laboratory personnel to conduct test.
- Directs, coordinates, and advises personnel in test procedures for analyzing components and physical properties of materials.
- Writes technical papers and reports and prepares standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, and tests.
- Compiles and analyzes test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency and to diagnose malfunctions.
- Induces changes in composition of substances by introducing heat, light, energy, and chemical catalysts for quantitative and qualitative analysis.