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.
There were 638 Analytical Chemist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 13656 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:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $62,256.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,282.
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 $50,436.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||49%|
|3 to 5 years||36%|
|6 to 8 years||9%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (41%)
- Research (36%)
- Troubleshooting (35%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (23%)
- Detail-Oriented (21%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Chemistry (92%)
- High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) (60%)
- Analytical Chemistry (51%)
- Chromatography (26%)
- Quality Assurance and Control (26%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Biology (19%)
- Sample Preparation (16%)
- HPLC-MS assays / LC-MS (13%)
- Laboratory Equipment (13%)
- Calibration (12%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Proteins (6%)
- Electrophoresis (5%)
- Stability Testing (5%)
- Instrumental Analysis (4%)
- Organic Chemistry (4%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Stability Testing (5%) – marginal value $8,235
- Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) (4%) – marginal value $7,702
- Fermentation (1%) – marginal value $7,234
- Process Testing (1%) – marginal value $6,803
- Protein Chemistry (2%) – marginal value $6,419
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Analytical Chemist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Chemist I
- Chemist II
- Associate Scientist
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.
- Chemist (General)
- Research and Development Chemist
- Organic Chemist
- Quality Control Chemist
- Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor
- Inorganic Chemist
- Manufacturing Chemist
- Polymer Chemist
- Computational Chemist
Here are the employers that have posted the most Analytical Chemist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Eurofins Scientific (795)
- Actalent (243)
- Pfizer (139)
- American Society For Mass Spectrometry (131)
- Merck & Company (109)
- Eurofins Scientific (36)
- Laboratory Corporation of America (31)
- Alcami (29)
- Actalent (18)
- Cambrex Corporation (13)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!
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