I am interested in a job working as an Industrial Chemist. Industrial Chemists are experts on the chemical makeup and behavior of substances. It is not like research as the Industrial Chemist focuses on development and not on research.
Industrial Chemists use their knowledge of applied science on chemical manufacturing processes and products. They invent, develop, and test these processes and products. Another way of saying it is that they turn raw materials or chemicals into products. For example, cosmetics, plastics and coffee whitener are all the result of an Industrial Chemists genius work with petroleum. In other words, they basically create the end product. The three important things that describe the Industrial Chemist Job are first, they create new substances. Second, they need to be an expert on the chemical makeup of products. And third, they need to be able to instruct other people in what ingredients make certain products. In addition, people in this field must keep up with the changes as well as be patient and persistent. They must have a desire to succeed. There is a lot of troubleshooting to make sure a product is safe and effective before it gets manufactured!
As far as landing a job in this area, a college degree in Chemistry would be required although Masters or PhD in Chemistry would be extremely helpful. As far as salary, the median annual earnings for an Industrial Chemist in 2002 was $57,670 according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. There were 84,018 Industrial Chemists in 2002 and as far as growth in that field - it is average. The number employed will probably increase by 12.7% through 2012. Most are employed in manufacturing firms.
Some available job openings are as follows:
1. Sr., Research Associate/Associate Scientist
This job is fulltime, in the industry sector with Novozymes North America located in North Carolina. The minimum qualifications for this position are a BS degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry,...