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Polymer Chemist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies large complex molecules or polymers. May work to develop new products or chemical processes in aerospace, biomedical, agricultural or manufacturing industries.

Job Outlook

There were 2 Polymer Chemist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 340 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Polymer 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 $77,673.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $78,825.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Polymer Chemist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $65,858.

Education and Experience

Posted Polymer 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 Degree34%
Master's Degree38%
Doctoral Degree28%
Other0%

Posted Polymer 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%
3 to 5 years46%
6 to 8 years6%
9+ years9%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Polymer 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 (62%)
  • Communication Skills (49%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (35%)
  • Problem Solving (30%)
  • Creativity (27%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Chemistry (91%)
  • Polymer Synthesis (51%)
  • Materials Science (46%)
  • Polymer Science (35%)
  • Chemical Engineering (33%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Technical Support (13%)
  • New Product Development (12%)
  • Project Management (11%)
  • Design of experiments (DOE) (11%)
  • Intellectual Property (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Analytical Testing (6%)
  • 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing (AM) (6%)
  • Biochemistry (6%)
  • Chemical Processes (5%)
  • Extrusion (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.

  • Technology Transfer (2%) – marginal value $2,472
  • Microbiologic Testing (6%) – marginal value $1,432
  • Ion Exchange (1%) – marginal value $1,390
  • Bioprocessing (1%) – marginal value $1,239

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Polymer Scientist
  • Chemist
  • Senior Polymer Scientist
  • Synthetic Polymer 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 Polymer Chemist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Engineered Custom Coatings, Llc (18)
  • E. I. Du Pont De Nemours And Company (7)
  • Eastman Chemical (7)
  • Durez Corporation (6)
  • PPG Industries (6)

North Carolina

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions (2)

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!