CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Chemists, Except Biochemists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Chemists
Benchmark Title: Chemists, Except Biochemists
Summary Job Description Tasks
Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge. Analyze organic and inorganic compounds to determine chemical and physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, and reactions, utilizing chromatography, spectroscopy, and spectrophotometry techniques.
Develop, improve, and customize products, equipment, formulas, processes, and analytical methods.
Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency and to diagnose malfunctions.
Confer with scientists and engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests.
Direct, coordinate, and advise personnel in test procedures for analyzing components and physical properties of materials.
Induce changes in composition of substances by introducing heat, light, energy, and chemical catalysts for quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Write technical papers and reports and prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests.
Study effects of various methods of processing, preserving, and packaging on composition and properties of foods.
Prepare test solutions, compounds, and reagents for laboratory personnel to conduct test.
Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed.
Conduct quality control tests.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Chemists
Benchmark Title: Chemists, Except Biochemists
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Chemists
Benchmark Title: Chemists, Except Biochemists
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Chemists
Benchmark Title: Chemists, Except Biochemists
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Chemists
Benchmark Title: Chemists, Except Biochemists
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Accelrys Cerius2 Analytical or scientific software
Accelrys DeCipher Analytical or scientific software
Advanced Chemistry Development ACD/1D nuclear magnetic resonance NMR processor Analytical or scientific software
Agilent ChemStation Analytical or scientific software
Apple iWork Keynote Presentation software
Apple iWork Numbers Spreadsheet software
Apple iWork Pages Word processing software
Apple iWork software Office suite software
Bruker BioSpin TopSpin Analytical or scientific software
C Development environment software
C++ Object or component oriented development software
CambridgeSoft ChemOffice Ultra Project management software
Chem2Pac software Analytical or scientific software
ChemInnovation Software Chem 4-D Computer aided design CAD software
ChemSW Buffer Maker Data base user interface and query software
ChemSW Calibration Pro Analytical or scientific software
ChemSW Chemical Inventory System CIS Inventory management software
ChemSW Laboratory Document Control System LDCS Document management software
ChemSW Mass Spec Tools Analytical or scientific software
ChemSW Molecular Modeling Pro Computer aided design CAD software
ChemSW Uncertainty Pro Analytical or scientific software
Chemical kinetics software Analytical or scientific software
Conversion tools software Analytical or scientific software
CrystalMaker software Analytical or scientific software
Crystallography software Analytical or scientific software
Density functional theory DFT software Analytical or scientific software
Digital imaging software Graphics or photo imaging software
Gas chromatograph GS software Analytical or scientific software
Gaussian software Analytical or scientific software
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
Hypercube HyperChem Computer aided design CAD software
Hypertext markup language HTML Web platform development software
Internet browser software Internet browser software
ItemTracker software Inventory management software
JDA Arthur KnowledgeBase database Data base user interface and query software
JMP software Analytical or scientific software
LabTrack Electronic Lab Notebook Data base user interface and query software
Laboratory information management system LIMS software Analytical or scientific software
Logger software Data base user interface and query software
MSI Insight/Discover software Analytical or scientific software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office Visio Charting software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Visual Basic Development environment software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Modeling software Analytical or scientific software
MolDraw Graphics or photo imaging software
Molecular simulation software Analytical or scientific software
Molsearch Pro Data base user interface and query software
Multi-functional calculators Analytical or scientific software
NeoOffice Office suite software
Network Science IR Mentor Pro Analytical or scientific software
Oracle software Data base user interface and query software
Organic synthesis planning software Analytical or scientific software
Q-Chem software Analytical or scientific software
SAP software Enterprise resource planning ERP software
SciQuest PE TurboChrom Analytical or scientific software
Siemens SHELXTL Analytical or scientific software
Spartan software Analytical or scientific software
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
Structured query language SQL Data base user interface and query software
Sun Microsystems Java Object or component oriented development software
Surface modeling software Analytical or scientific software
Synthematix StructureSearch Analytical or scientific software
UBI Biotracker Inventory management software
Vogel Scientific Software Group CALACO Analytical or scientific software
Waters Empower Chromatography Data Software Analytical or scientific software
Waters Millennium32 Analytical or scientific software
Wavefunction Spartan Analytical or scientific software
Word processing software Word processing software
eNotebook software Data base user interface and query software
Air dryers Hot air blowers
Airfree/waterfree solvent purification systems Distillation pipings or columns or fittings
Alcohol lamps Spirit burners
Analytical balances Analytical balances
Annealing ovens Vacuum ovens
Atomic absorption AA spectrometers Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
Automatic peptide synthesizers Hematology or chemistry mixers
Autotitrators Titration equipment
Beakers Laboratory beakers
Benchtop lyophilizers Freezedryers or lyophilzers
Box furnace ovens Laboratory box furnaces
Bunsen burners Gas burners
Burets Laboratory burets
Capillary electrophoresis systems Instrumentation for capillary electrophoresis
Carbon hydrogen nitrogen CHN elemental analyzers Chemistry analyzers
Centrifugal evaporator concentrators Vacuum or centrifugal concentrators
Chemical centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Closed cycle refrigerators Laboratory chillers
Cold trap evaporators Laboratory evaporators
Combustion furnaces High vacuum combustion apparatus
Conductance meters Conductivity meters
Conductivity detectors Thermal conductivity analyzers
Conductivity meters Conductivity meters
Cryogenic refrigerators General purpose refrigerators or refrigerator freezers
Cryostats Cryostats
Cuvettes Cuvettes
Deflagration spoons Heating or drying equipment or accessories
Densitometers Densitometers
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Differential scanning calorimeters Calorimeters
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Digital electrophoresis documentation and analysis systems Gel documentation accessories
Digital gel analyzer systems Gel documentation systems
Diode lasers Lasers
Dissolved oxygen meters Dissolved oxygen meters
Distillation ovens Vacuum or rotary evaporators
Distilling units Flask or retort units
Dye lasers Lasers
Electrochemical analyzers Electrogravimetry analyzers
Electronic toploading balances Electronic toploading balances
Erlenmeyer flasks Laboratory flasks
Floor centrifuges Floor centrifuges
Flow injection analyzers Flow injection analysis equipment
Fluorescence microscopes Fluorescent microscopes
Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers Infrared spectrometers
Fraction collectors Electrophoresis system accessories
Freeze dryers Freeze dryers or lyopholizers
Fume hoods Fume hoods or cupboards
Funnels Laboratory funnels
Galvanostats Galvanometers
Gas chromatograph mass spectrometers GC-MS Mass spectrometers
Gas chromatographs GC Gas chromatographs
Glassware washers Laboratory washing machines
Graduated cylinders Laboratory graduated cylinders
Grinder mills Laboratory mills
Helium-cadmium lasers Lasers
High-performance liquid chromatographs High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography
High-pressure high-temperature reactors Reactors or fermenters or digesters
High-pressure liquid chromatography systems High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography
High-speed centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Homogenizers Homogenizers
Hot plates with magnetic stirrers Laboratory hotplates
Hydrogenation apparatus Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
Immersion probes Electronic measuring probes
Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers ICP-MS Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers
Inert atmosphere glove boxes Isolation glove boxes
Infrared IR spectrometers Infrared spectrometers
Inverted microscopes Inverted microscopes
Ion analyzers Ion selective electrode ISE meters
Ion selective electrode ISE meters Ion selective electrode ISE meters
Karl Fischer titrators Titration equipment
Lab heat exchangers Laboratory heat exchange condensers
Laboratory presses Laboratory presses
Laboratory vacuum pumps Laboratory vacuum pumps
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Large-format plotters Plotter printers
Laser power meters Laser beam analyzers
Laser printers Laser printers
Liquid chromatographs LC Liquid chromatographs
Liquid scintillation counters Liquid scintillation counters
Luminescence spectrometers Spectrometers
Magnetic susceptibility balances Analytical balances
Magnetometers Magnetometer geophysical instruments
Mainframe computers Mainframe computers
Mass spectrometers Mass spectrometers
Melting point apparatus Melting point recorders
Mercury lamp photolysis systems Illuminators for microscopes
Micro electrobalances Laboratory balances
Microcentrifuges Microcentrifuges
Microdistillation ovens Extracting equipment for laboratories
Microinjectors Injectors
Micropipettes Dropping pipettes
Microplate spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Microwave digestion systems Extracting equipment for laboratories
Mini synthesizers Hematology or chemistry mixers
Monocular microscopes Monocular microscopes
Multiwell microplates Microplates
Nanoscopes Scanning probe microscopes
Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Nd:YAG lasers Lasers
Nitrogen lasers Lasers
Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
Oscillating disc rheometers Rheometers
Oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
Oxygen bomb calorimeters Calorimeters
Particle size analyzers Optical diffraction apparatus
Personal computers Personal computers
Petri dishes Petri plates or dishes
Photochemical reactors Liquid chromatography fittings
Picosecond lasers Lasers
Pipettes Dropping pipettes
Pipetting stations Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
Plasticorders Laboratory mixers
Polarimeters Polarimeters
Polarizing microscopes Polarizing microscopes
Polarographic analyzers Polarimeters
Potentiostats Potentiometers
Pressure sensors Pressure sensors
Reagent pumps Laboratory vacuum pumps
Refrigerated circulators Chilling units or cold water circulators
Refrigerated high-speed centrifuges Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges
Respirators Respirators
Respirometers Dissolved carbon dioxide analyzers
Rotary evaporators Vacuum or rotary evaporators
Scanning electron microscopes SEM Scanning electron microscopes
Scanning tunneling microscopes STM Scanning probe microscopes
Shaking incubators Shaking incubators
Shaking waterbaths Orbital shaking water baths
Signal average storage scopes Oscilloscopes
Single crystal x ray diffractometers X ray diffraction equipment
Solar simulators Ageing ovens
Solvent recyclers Solvent recyclers
Sonicators Ultrasonic disintegrators
Spectrofluorimeters Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
Spectrometers Spectrometers
Spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Speed-vac concentrators Vacuum or centrifugal concentrators
Split-hinge furnaces Tube furnaces
Stereo zoom microscopes Stereo or dissecting light microscopes
Strip chart recorders Chart recorders
Stripping analyzers Chemistry analyzers
Syringe pumps Syringe pumps
Tabletop centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Tensile testers Tension testers
Test tubes Multipurpose or general test tubes
Thermal cyclers Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers
Thermal gravimetric analyzers Thermo gravimetry analyzers
Thistle tubes Laboratory funnels
Tissue culture plates Tissue culture coated plates or dishes or inserts
Titrators Titration equipment
Top-loading electronic balances Electronic toploading balances
Tube magnetic mixers Magnetic stirrers
Tubular furnaces Tube furnaces
Ultracentrifuges Ultracentrifuges
Ultraviolet-visible spectrometers Spectrometers
Vacuum ovens Vacuum ovens
Water baths Water baths
Well tissue culture plates Multiwell plates
X ray diffraction equipment X ray diffraction equipment
pH meters pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Chemists
Benchmark Title: Chemists, Except Biochemists
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Chemists
Benchmark Title: Chemists, Except Biochemists
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Coagulating Drying Supervisor
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Mix Chemist
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Powder Expert
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Quality Control Chemist
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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Chemists
Benchmark Title: Chemists, Except Biochemists
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