Chemistry Careers -Part 1

by - January 16, 2019


Hello my beautiful people, welcome back!

Today is a educational post, I'm going to be sharing with all of you some chemistry careers that aren't that common especially the one related to art, Yeah that's right! I did a post with one of the careers that is "Museum Curator"(The chemistry in arts), I didn't talk in detail but explain a little on what consist. Here I'm going to be more detail about the different careers. 

When you start with only your Chemistry Degree the most common job that you will qualified for is an Entry Level Chemist which is the more "basic" position. You can work in any industry as an entry level position as long as you meet the requirements. Every company and chemist field has their own requirements and even though is the most "basic" position can varied.Some of the things that you do in this position are:

-Collect and document quality assurance test data, including testing formulations, substrates and reagents.
-Interpret and analyze data and equipment logs from other laboratory members.
-Maintain, troubleshoot, and use instruments, equipment and software tools.

The average salary per hour is $18.61 and the average annual salary is 50,332. This number varied based on the experience you have. Also, they're other factors that can affect the salary like the location. The basic skills that you would need are:

- B.S. Degree 
- One or two years of analytical laboratory experience (This is preferred but not required always and you can backing it with your education)
- Experience with analytical techniques including, but not limited to: HPLC, GCMS, LCMS, & ICMPS
- Proficient with current computer systems including Microsoft office
- Ability to work in a team environment
- Hands on experience with in organic extraction, analytical chemistry techniques, and product - development
- Regulatory Knowledge of  the rules and policies including TSCA, GHS, OSHA hazard communication,  ISO 17025 experience, among others. 

The Laboratory technician position the same as the entry level chemist position is the most common to start your chemistry career from the bottom and start to rise in the company. The duties and responsibilities are going to varied depending on what kind of laboratory you're working. For example if you work on the health industry as chemist laboratory technician you need to have knowledge on biology and basic medical knowledge because you will need to run tests analytical and physical. The salary is $17.34 per hour and 42,376 annual. Other example is if you work as a laboratory technician in a educational institute you will perform as an assistant of the instructor or the chief of the laboratory. You will help the students and professors with the preparation of substances, make sure everything is following the rules, among other things that are essential to the lab class in order for them to run. The average salary is the same as above. 

Analytical Chemist

Some of the responsibilities for an Analytical Chemist are working understanding of the scientific method and demonstrated proficiency using at least two of the following methodologies: GC-FID, GCMS, HPLC, LCMS/MS, GCMS/MS, ICP-MS instrumentation. Routine analysis of samples using analytical procedures for which training has occurred. Participate in OOS & CAPA reports, as assigned. Must be able to obtain traceable, reproducible, and reliable results with limited supervision.
Routine and non-routine equipment maintenance of analytical instruments. Successful completion of proficiency testing samples and initial demonstration of capability to demonstrate competence as required for certifications or customer requests. Participate in the revision of existing procedures and the drafting of new procedures under the supervision of the Laboratory Manager (if is a entry level position). 

The annual average salary is the $55,087 and the average salary per hour is $19.75. 

This are some of the most common chemist jobs that you can apply with a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry 
-Forensic Scientist
-Pharmacologist
-Research Scientist (Physical Science)

Now, I'm going to share with you some of the chemistry jobs related with arts and you can get the job with a bachelor but most of them required or preferred master degrees. If you don't have the master but have experience that counts too. With a Bachelor Degree you can get a entry level position and be able to continue your studies and have the opportunity to grow.

Museum Curator or Art conservation

This career require a minimum of a bachelor degree but they preferred Master's Degree in almost all the cases. The annual average salary is $49,430  and $18.76 for the average salary per hour. Your principal duty as a curator or conservationist is to take care of the art pieces. Also, you're responsible for oversee and manage the collections. Some of the requirements that you would need are:

Prior curatorial and/or art museum experience preferred. 
Knowledge of and connection to the arts culture and community. 
Knowledge of current museum trends and a willingness to stay current. 
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral. 
Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. 
Possess computer skills or trainable to include, but not limited to, accounting programs, Microsoft Word, Excel and social media platforms. 
Flexibility to work varying schedules depending on business volumes and related functions.

Scientific Illustrator/ Medical Illustrator

The main goal is draw and paint accurate and detailed renderings that visually communicate information and ideas to a wide audience. The salary varied in a range of $27,000 to $70,000 annually. Some of the requirements to work as a scientific illustrator are advanced drawing and design skills and a strong foundation in the natural sciences. Even though they're degrees in scientific illustration you don't really need them to work on the field as long as you have a strong background in art and sciences courses focusing on the anatomy and morphology to be able to draw and paint the details. In the other hand the medical required a master degree that only 4 universities provide (if I'm not wrong). That is because you need more training and knowledge in the health/medical field.  This College/Universities are Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents University), University of Illinois at Chicago, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and University of Toronto.

The annual average salary is the $62,000 to 100,000 depending on the skill level. You can work in any of the following industries as you can work as freelancer

University, academic medical center
Hospital, clinic, or healthcare institution
Research center
Publishing company (books or journals)
Corporation, small business
Medical legal or law firm
Web, multimedia, or animation firm
Veterinary school
Pharmaceutical company
Advertising agency
Other (government, non-profits)

This is all for this blog, I hope this is helpful for you and all the people who wants to study just chemistry or want to unite their two passions in one. If you want to know about a specific chemist career let me know in the comment section below. 



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