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Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.

    Work Activities
    • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses.
    • Conduct chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials.
    • Maintain, clean, or sterilize laboratory instruments or equipment.
    • Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.
    • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
    • Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas.
    • Provide and maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory or plant safety audits.
    • Develop or conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates, or products.
    • Provide technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers.
    • Write technical reports or prepare graphs or charts to document experimental results.
    • Train new employees on topics such as the proper operation of laboratory equipment.
    • Direct or monitor other workers producing chemical products.
    • Design or fabricate experimental apparatus to develop new products or processes.
    • Operate experimental pilot plants, assisting with experimental design.
    • Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies.
    • Develop new chemical engineering processes or production techniques.
    Skills
    • Science

      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge
    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $48,010/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $23.08/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 3,820
    • Yearly Projected Openings 380
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Laboratory vacuum pumps
    • Laboratory flasks
    • Laboratory balances
    • Gas burners
    • Fume hoods or cupboards
    Technology
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    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.