Research and Development Chemist
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Studies chemical compounds and uses research to support the development of products, including manufactured products, or processes, including industrial processes.
There were 212 Research and Development Chemist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4799 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Chemist industry, which includes the Research and Development Chemist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:
Many new Research and Development 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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $72,807.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $67,472.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Research and Development Chemist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $57,698.
Education and Experience
Posted Research and Development 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.
Posted Research and Development 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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||33%|
|3 to 5 years||38%|
|6 to 8 years||14%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Research and Development 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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Research (59%)
- Communication Skills (48%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (32%)
- Problem Solving (28%)
- Troubleshooting (21%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Chemistry (92%)
- Product Development (46%)
- Experiments (33%)
- Chemical Engineering (25%)
- Biochemistry (23%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Project Management (17%)
- Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) (16%)
- Quality Assurance and Control (15%)
- Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) (14%)
- Data Analysis (13%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Proteins (6%)
- Toxicology (5%)
- Biologics (5%)
- Tech Transfer (4%)
- Analytical Testing (4%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Research and Development Chemist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Research Chemist
- Formulation Chemist
- Research And Development Technician
- Research And Development Chemist
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.
- Organic Chemist
- Analytical Chemist
- Chemist (General)
- Polymer Chemist
- Inorganic Chemist
- Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor
- Manufacturing Chemist
- Quality Control Chemist
- Computational Chemist
- Environmental Field Chemist
Here are the employers that have posted the most Research and Development Chemist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (148)
- Johnson & Johnson (92)
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (80)
- Loreal Usa Incorporated (80)
- Bayer Corporation (78)
- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (12)
- Alcami (8)
- Catalent Pharma Solutions (7)
- Novartis (5)
- Clorox Company (5)
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!