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Chemist I


Junior (entry-level) chemist.  Works under immediate supervision.  Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.  Primary job functions do not typically require exercising independent judgment.  Does not modify existing procedures or develop novel procedures.  Has knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field.  Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.

Studies substances at the atomic and molecular levels and the ways in which substances react with each other.  Evaluates the chemical and physical properties of various organic and inorganic substances in order to investigate their applications to medicine and other industries.  Conducts qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new and improved products or knowledge.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Participates in complex research projects, such as the development of new products and testing methods
  • Provides scientific services for clients
  • Analyze organic or inorganic compounds or substances to determine chemical or physical properties, composition, concentration of elements, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography, spectroscopy, or spectrophotometry techniques
  • Conduct quality control tests on materials and other substances, to ensure that safety and quality standards are met
  • Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed
  • Prepare test solutions, compounds, or reagents for laboratory personnel to conduct tests
  • Induce changes in composition of substances by introducing heat, light, energy, or chemical catalysts for quantitative or qualitative analysis
  • Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions
  • Contributes to technical papers or reports that detail methods and findings
  • Advise technicians and other workers in test procedures for analyzing components or physical properties of materials
  • Instruct technicians on proper chemical processing and testing procedures, such as ingredients, mixing times, and operating temperatures
  • Purchase laboratory supplies, such as chemicals, when supplies are low or near their expiration date
  • Study effects of various methods of processing, preserving, or packaging on composition or properties of foods

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a closely related field; no experience required.

Licensure and Certification



This position does not typically include supervisory responsibility.


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