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Analytical Chemist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies the chemical components of materials in a mixture or sample, to identify the components and quantify them. May work to develop new pharmaceutical products or provide quality control or toxicology testing for products.

Job Outlook

There were 490 Analytical Chemist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 10172 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Chemist industry, which includes the Analytical Chemist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Analytical Chemist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $62,483.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $58,530.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Analytical Chemist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $50,851.

Education and Experience

Posted Analytical Chemist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree57%
Master's Degree36%
Doctoral Degree7%
Other0%

Posted Analytical Chemist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years47%
3 to 5 years38%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years6%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Analytical Chemist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (41%)
  • Troubleshooting (35%)
  • Research (34%)
  • Problem Solving (23%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (23%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Chemistry (92%)
  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) (61%)
  • Analytical Chemistry (52%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (27%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) (24%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Experiments (20%)
  • Biology (18%)
  • Sample Preparation (13%)
  • Calibration (12%)
  • Laboratory Equipment (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Proteins (7%)
  • Electrophoresis (5%)
  • Organic Chemistry (5%)
  • Stability Testing (5%)
  • Biologics (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Analytical Chemist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Chemist
  • Associate Scientist
  • Chemist I
  • Chemist II

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Analytical Chemist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Eurofins Scientific (472)
  • Actalent (171)
  • Pfizer (134)
  • PPD (113)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (90)

North Carolina

  • Alcami (30)
  • Mayne Pharma (25)
  • Eurofins Scientific (14)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (8)
  • Herbalife (8)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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