Chemist Job Profile

Trust-me-I-m-a-ChemistJob Description for Chemist

Chemist studies the chemical and physical properties of substances and develops and monitors chemical processes and production.

Qualifications for Chemist

The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • conducts experiments and tests to identify the chemical composition and reactive properties of natural substances or processed materials
  • develops procedures, instruments, recording and testing systems to be used in experiments
  • analyses or conducts research to develop theories, techniques and processes, and tests the reliability of these under various conditions
  • develops practical applications of experimental and research findings
  • develops and monitors quality control procedures for the manufacture of products in plants or factories
  • prepares or supervises the preparation of laboratory reports, scientific papers and reports on specifications and standards
  • may supervise and coordinate the work of technicians
  • may test products or materials to ensure compliance with government health laws, and standards of quality and purity
  • may use micro-organisms to convert substances into new compounds

Specialisations:

Analytical Chemist, Food Technologist, Industrial Chemist.