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

    Work Activities
    • Conduct quality control tests.
    • Analyze organic or inorganic compounds to determine chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography, spectroscopy, or spectrophotometry techniques.
    • 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.
    • Evaluate laboratory safety procedures to ensure compliance with standards or to make improvements as needed.
    • Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
    • Write technical papers or reports or prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or 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.
    • 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.
    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
    6
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Comprehension

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

    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.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $67,500/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $32.45/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 4,120
    • Yearly Projected Openings 390
    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
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • X ray diffraction equipment
    • Titration equipment
    • Spectrometers
    • Lasers
    • Benchtop centrifuges
    Technology
    • Office suite software
    • Inventory management software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    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.