Analytical Chemist

Analytical chemists determine the structure, composition and nature of substances. They help aquaculture industries identify chemical pollutants in air, water and soil.

What do Chemists do?

  • develop methods and equipment to study chemical compounds.
  • test chemical samples to determine their make-up and properties.
  • think of ways to make new chemical compounds.
  • work with industries to develop chemical processes.
  • carry out experiments and write up the results.
  • publish articles in scientific journals.
  • teach and supervise students and/or staff.
  • manage and monitor chemical manufacturing processes.
  • carry out environmental monitoring.
  • carry out analytical testing to check the quality and safety of products or materials.
  • design and carry out experiments to develop improved chemical processes. 

Skills and knowledge

  • knowledge of chemistry and chemical compounds
  • knowledge of how to safely handle, store and produce large quantities of chemicals.
  • practical skills for performing experiments and operating scientific equipment.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related science.
  • Master's degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related science. However, a PhD or further postdoctoral study are often preferred. 
  • A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training.
  • Useful subjects include chemistry, physics, maths with calculus and statistics, computer science, biology and English.

Find out more about training.

  • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

0800 746 464 - -

  • Royal Society of New Zealand

(04) 472 7421 -

$50,000 - $150,000

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