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Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

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 39 Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1156 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 2012:

Salary

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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $65,995.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $61,062.

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 $50,759.

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 Degree68%
Master's Degree23%
Doctoral Degree9%
Other0%

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 years27%
3 to 5 years45%
6 to 8 years17%
9+ years12%

Skills

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.

  • Research (55%)
  • Communication Skills (31%)
  • Computer Literacy (29%)
  • Physical Abilities (28%)
  • Building Effective Relationships (23%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Chemistry (93%)
  • Staff Management (64%)
  • Budgeting (31%)
  • Biochemistry (29%)
  • Customer Contact (26%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Business English (18%)
  • Scheduling (15%)
  • Experiments (14%)
  • Project Management (13%)
  • Laboratory Equipment (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Microbiology (7%)
  • Lab Safety (6%)
  • Laboratory Procedures (6%)
  • Wet Chemistry (5%)
  • Gas Chromatography (5%)

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.

  • Assay Development (3%) – marginal value $2,440

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Scientist
  • Chemist
  • Lead Chemist
  • Chemistry Supervisor
  • Supervisory Chemist

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

  • Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (91)
  • Esc Lab Sciences (81)
  • Pace Analytical Services Llc (33)
  • Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (20)
  • Antech Diagnostics (18)

North Carolina

  • Laboratory Corporation of America (5)
  • National Institutes of Health (3)
  • Mayne Pharma (3)
  • North Carolina State University (3)
  • Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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