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Organic Chemist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Organic Chemist studies carbon-based compounds and chemicals in living organisms. May work to develop new products or chemical processes in medicine or in pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, consumer product or petroleum industries.

Job Outlook

There were 26 Organic Chemist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 936 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Organic 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 $90,187.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $90,187.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Organic Chemist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $70,002.

Education and Experience

Posted Organic 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 Degree42.2%
Master's Degree41.88%
Doctoral Degree62.61%
Other0.64%

Posted Organic 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 years40.66%
3 to 5 years38.38%
6 to 8 years8.84%
9+ years12.12%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Organic 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 (54.81%)
  • Communication (28.53%)
  • Teaching (23.18%)
  • Problem Solving (18.16%)
  • Writing (17.95%)
  • Innovation (16.03%)
  • Presentations (14.1%)
  • Detail Oriented (13.03%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (11.97%)
  • Verbal Communication Skills (11.86%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Organic Compounds (12.25%)
  • Column Chromatography (6.84%)
  • Chemistry (78.81%)
  • Biochemistry (22.41%)
  • Organic Chemistry (82.45%)
  • Organic Synthesis (29.36%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Materials Science (5.85%)
  • Small Molecules (14.46%)
  • Laboratory Experience (13.47%)
  • Laboratory Equipment (9.49%)
  • Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy (UV/VIS) (7.4%)
  • Chemical Reactions (3.2%)
  • Chromatography (11.7%)
  • Analytical Techniques (15.78%)
  • Analytical Chemistry (11.7%)
  • Application Programming Interface (API) (1.77%)
  • Reagent (3.75%)
  • Biology (16%)
  • Drug Discovery (8.17%)
  • Chemical Synthesis (15.34%)
  • Scale (Map) (4.53%)
  • Crystallization (7.51%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (4.64%)
  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (26.6%)
  • Data Analysis (10.93%)
  • Laboratory Techniques (4.75%)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (15.23%)
  • Spectroscopy (8.72%)
  • Chemical Engineering (8.06%)
  • Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (14.24%)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (34.88%)
  • Lab Notebooks (6.95%)
  • Process Development (8.61%)
  • Mass Spectrometry (12.36%)
  • Research Experiences (7.4%)
  • New Product Development (3.97%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (7.62%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Green Chemistry (2.87%)
  • Bioorganic Chemistry (2.98%)
  • Organometallic Chemistry (2.98%)
  • Peptide Synthesis (3.53%)
  • ChemDraw (5.52%)
  • Physical Organic Chemistry (5.41%)

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.

  • Green Chemistry (3.21%)
  • Organic Compounds (13.69%)
  • ChemDraw (6.17%)
  • Column Chromatography (7.64%)
  • Organic Chemistry (92.11%)
  • Organic Synthesis (32.8%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Synthetic Organic Chemist
  • Chemist
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Synthetic Chemist
  • Chemistry Scientist
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant
  • 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 Organic Chemist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Actalent (33)
  • Grand Canyon University (25)
  • Kelly Services (18)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (13)
  • Indiana University (12)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb (11)
  • Neurocrine Biosciences (11)
  • California State University (9)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (9)
  • Workforce (8)

North Carolina

  • North Carolina Central University (6)
  • GPAC (3)
  • Henkel (2)
  • Brothers Research Corp (2)
  • Orion System (2)
  • Adecco (1)
  • Research Triangle Institute (1)
  • Cole Parmer Instrument Company (1)
  • Evergreen Technologies (1)
  • University of North Carolina (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!