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Chemical scientists analyse and research physical aspects of chemical structure and change within substances and develop chemical techniques used in the manufacture or modification of natural substances and processed products.

Tasks

  • Develops experimental procedures, instruments and recording and testing systems
  • Conducts experiments to identify chemical composition, energy and chemical changes in natural substances and processed materials
  • Analyses results and experimental data
  • Tests techniques and processes for reliability under a variety of conditions
  • Develops procedures for quality control of manufactured products.

Entry Requirements

Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £32,000 per annum and can progress up to £41,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 4,120 employed Chemical Scientists in the region.

Current Vacancies

Lab Support
/ SRG / 22 Nov 2019
Senior Research Chemist
/ SRG / 22 Nov 2019