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Chemists - 19-2031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Air Quality Chemist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Chemical Laboratory Scientist
  • Chemist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Quality Control Chemist (QC Chemist)
  • Research Chemist
  • Scientist
  • Senior Chemist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze organic or inorganic compounds to determine chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography, spectroscopy, or spectrophotometry techniques.
  • Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
  • Conduct quality control tests.
  • Confer with scientists or engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests.
  • Develop, improve, or customize products, equipment, formulas, processes, or analytical methods.
  • Direct, coordinate, or advise personnel in test procedures for analyzing components or physical properties of materials.
  • Evaluate laboratory safety procedures to ensure compliance with standards or to make improvements as needed.
  • Induce changes in composition of substances by introducing heat, light, energy, or chemical catalysts for quantitative or qualitative analysis.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Write technical papers or reports or prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists.
  • Develop new or advanced products or production methods.
  • Establish standards for products, processes, or procedures.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
  • Manage scientific or technical project resources.
  • Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Research methods to improve food products.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel.
  • Test quality of materials or finished products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Biomedical Laboratory (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Environmental and Industrial Hygiene Chemistry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Chemical Engineer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Chemist (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Petroleum Laboratory Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Chemist
  • Chemist, Food
  • Laboratory Supervisor