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Chemist (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies the chemical and physical properties of substances or materials, focusing in one of many specialized areas. May work to develop new products or chemical processes.

Job Outlook

There were 269 Chemist (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 10477 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Chemist (General) 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 $61,434.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $60,208.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Chemist (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $45,314.

Education and Experience

Posted Chemist (General) 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 Degree55%
Master's Degree31%
Doctoral Degree13%
Other0%

Posted Chemist (General) 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 years48%
3 to 5 years34%
6 to 8 years10%
9+ years8%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Chemist (General) 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 (37%)
  • Research (34%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (19%)
  • Troubleshooting (16%)
  • Problem Solving (15%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Chemistry (77%)
  • Biology (20%)
  • Biochemistry (16%)
  • Chemical Engineering (10%)
  • Materials Science (7%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Experiments (17%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (15%)
  • Scheduling (11%)
  • Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) (9%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Chromatography (6%)
  • Mass Spectrometry (5%)
  • Drug Discovery (4%)
  • Toxicology (4%)
  • Molecular Biology (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Chemist
  • Near Me
  • Chemist I
  • Scientist
  • Associate Scientist

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 Chemist (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Amazon (696)
  • Eurofins Scientific (206)
  • Clean Harbors (132)
  • Charles River Laboratories (105)
  • Clean Harbors Environmental Services (96)

North Carolina

  • Eurofins Scientific (22)
  • Basf Corporation (17)
  • University of North Carolina (8)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (7)
  • Pfizer (6)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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