The job requires candidates to be able to perform duties that include the following:
Perform complex research projects, such as developing new products and testing new methods
Provide instruction on proper chemical testing and processing procedures including mixing times, operating temperatures, and ingredients
Prepare compounds, reagents, and solutions used in laboratory procedures
Analyze various substances to find their composition
Test substances and materials for chemical safety
Write technical reports to describe their methods and findings
Chemists often work as part of a research team,so they must possess the ability to work with others toward a common outcome.
Chemists often have a specialty, such as a forensic chemist, organic chemist, physical chemist or medicinal chemist.