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Chemists and Materials Scientists

Chemists and Materials Scientists
Quick Facts : Chemists and Materials Scientists*
2010 Median Pay$69,790
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201290,900
Job Outlook4% (Slower than average)
Employment Change4,000


Chemists and materials scientists study the structures, compositions, reactions, and other properties of substances. They use their knowledge to develop new and improved products, processes, and materials.

What Chemists and Materials Scientists Do

  • Plan and carry out complex research projects, such as the development of new products, processes, and testing methods
  • Direct technicians and other workers in testing procedures to analyze components and physical properties of materials
  • procedures, such as ingredients, mixing times, and operating temperatures
  • Prepare test solutions, compounds, and reagents (such as acids) used in laboratory procedures
  • Conduct tests on materials and other substances to ensure that safety and quality standards are met

Work Environment

Chemists and materials scientists work in laboratories and offices. They typically work full time and regular hours.
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Job Outlook

Employment of chemists and materials scientists is expected to increase by 4 percent from 2010 to 2020 .
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Pay

The average salary of chemists was $68,320 in May 2010.
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Chemists and Materials Scientists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Chemists and Materials Scientists

69790

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Chemists and Materials Scientists*
Percent Change in Employment

Chemists and Materials Scientists

4.40044

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Chemists and Materials Scientists

A bachelor's degree in chemistry or in a related field is needed for entry-level chemist jobs. Many employers, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, prefer to hire chemists and materials scientists with a Ph.D and postdoctoral experience to lead basic and applied research.
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