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Physical Chemist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies the physical properties of molecules; studies how chemical structure impacts physical properties. May work to develop new products or chemical processes.

Job Outlook

There were 0 Physical Chemist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 43 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Physical 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 $76,502.

State

We do not have this data at this time.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Physical Chemist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $59,325.

Education and Experience

Posted Physical 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 Degree26%
Master's Degree48%
Doctoral Degree26%
Other0%

Posted Physical 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 years44%
3 to 5 years32%
6 to 8 years4%
9+ years20%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Physical 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 (67%)
  • Computer Literacy (30%)
  • Microsoft Office (28%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (28%)
  • Writing (28%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Chemistry (95%)
  • Thermodynamics (79%)
  • Chemical Engineering (58%)
  • Materials Science (35%)
  • Experiments (30%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Civil Engineering (16%)
  • Indexing (16%)
  • Video Conferencing (16%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (14%)
  • Refractory (14%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Chemical Reactions (5%)
  • Differential Equations (5%)
  • Meteorology (5%)
  • Natural Sciences (5%)
  • Remote Sensing (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.

  • Chemical Kinetics (2%) – marginal value $1,978
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (2%) – marginal value $1,879
  • Protein Chemistry (2%) – marginal value $1,464

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Research Physicist
  • Co - Op - Chemistry
  • Physical And Applied Chemist
  • Entry Level Physical 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 Physical Chemist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Emerson Electric Company (5)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (4)
  • Apt Research (2)
  • Modern Electron (2)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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