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Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor supervises operations and experiments in a chemistry research laboratory. Oversees and provides technical direction to lab staff. Manages lab safety and maintains records. Maintains inventories of chemicals and supplies.

Job Outlook

There were 17 Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 386 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Chemist industry, which includes the Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:


Many new Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor 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 $92,624.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $92,624.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $76,542.

Education and Experience

Posted Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor 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 Degree81.87%
Master's Degree25.39%
Doctoral Degree6.99%

Posted Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor 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 years28.2%
3 to 5 years51.13%
6 to 8 years17.67%
9+ years3.01%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor 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.

  • Operations (42.49%)
  • Management (39.12%)
  • Quality Control (33.94%)
  • Communication (31.09%)
  • Leadership (24.35%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (22.8%)
  • Supervision (18.39%)
  • Research (18.39%)
  • Quality Assurance (17.88%)
  • Teaching (17.62%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Chemistry (95.55%)
  • Medical Laboratory (28.8%)
  • Biology (20.68%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Laboratory Procedures (8.38%)
  • Workflow Management (15.71%)
  • Laboratory Safety (13.09%)
  • Laboratory Experience (15.71%)
  • Laboratory Equipment (20.16%)
  • Chemical Hygiene (9.42%)
  • Analytical Testing (7.59%)
  • Analytical Techniques (8.12%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (2.62%)
  • Quality Improvement (4.19%)
  • Calibration (8.38%)
  • Auditing (13.87%)
  • Hematology (8.64%)
  • Analytical Chemistry (10.99%)
  • Biochemistry (11.26%)
  • Performance Appraisal (8.38%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (9.95%)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science (10.47%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (13.61%)
  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (10.47%)
  • Health Technology (16.49%)
  • Laboratory Techniques (9.69%)
  • Risk Management (3.14%)
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (6.81%)
  • Life Sciences (3.66%)
  • Laboratory Management System (5.24%)
  • Performance Review (8.38%)
  • Purchasing (4.71%)
  • Laboratory Testing (11.52%)
  • Physics (4.19%)
  • Inventory Management (10.21%)
  • Project Management (6.28%)
  • Microbiology (5.5%)
  • Performance Management (3.93%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (10.21%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Chemistry Laboratory Manager
  • Chemistry Supervisor
  • Laboratory Coordinator
  • Quality Control Laboratory Supervisor
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Hematology Supervisor
  • Chemistry Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Night Supervisor

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 Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Elite Protek (9)
  • K&A Recruiting (8)
  • NES Fircroft (7)
  • Beth Israel Lahey Health (7)
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (6)
  • Actalent (5)
  • Scripps Health (5)
  • Wheaton College (5)
  • ICF International (5)
  • Abbott Laboratories (4)

North Carolina

  • Davidson College (3)
  • Atrium Health Floyd (2)
  • Baxter International (2)
  • Kelly Services (2)
  • Alcami Corporation (2)
  • University of North Carolina (1)
  • Electric Power Research Institute (1)
  • Covanta Holding Corporation (1)
  • The Volunteers At Wakemed Raleigh Campus (1)
  • K&A Recruiting (1)

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!