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Inorganic Chemist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies inorganic compounds or compounds that are not carbon-based, including metals and minerals. May work to develop new products or chemical processes in mining, material sciences, environmental sciences or in the electronics industry.

Job Outlook

There were 7 Inorganic Chemist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 164 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Inorganic 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 $63,597.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $63,879.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Inorganic Chemist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $49,133.

Education and Experience

Posted Inorganic 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 Degree56%
Master's Degree24%
Doctoral Degree19%
Other0%

Posted Inorganic 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 years43%
3 to 5 years42%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years6%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Inorganic 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.

  • Research (44%)
  • Communication Skills (37%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (26%)
  • Troubleshooting (24%)
  • Writing (24%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Chemistry (85%)
  • Materials Science (39%)
  • Wet Chemistry (28%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (21%)
  • Experiments (20%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Chemical Engineering (18%)
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) (15%)
  • Materials Development (15%)
  • Laboratory Equipment (14%)
  • Product Development (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Chemical Analysis (7%)
  • Materials Testing (7%)
  • Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) (7%)
  • Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) (6%)
  • Metallurgy (6%)

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.

  • Pharmaceutical Development (4%) – marginal value $2,497
  • Mass Spectrometry (3%) – marginal value $1,860
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) (15%) – marginal value $1,761
  • Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) (7%) – marginal value $1,751
  • Catalysis (1%) – marginal value $1,743

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Raw Materials Chemist
  • Materials Scientist/Engineer
  • Materials Chemist
  • Qc Raw Materials 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 Inorganic Chemist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • US Department of Energy (9)
  • Eurofins Scientific (6)
  • Loreal Usa Incorporated (6)
  • Abbott Laboratories (4)
  • Sun Chemical Corporation (3)

North Carolina

  • Eurofins Scientific (2)
  • Parker Hannifin (1)
  • Rti International (1)
  • Mayne Pharma (1)
  • Commscope Incorporated (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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