Analytical chemists determine the structure, composition and nature of substances. They help aquaculture industries identify chemical pollutants in air, water and soil.
What do analytical chemists do as work?
- 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.
- 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.
Is this the career for you? Find out more about training.
- National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
0800 746 464 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.niwa.co.nz
- Royal Society of New Zealand
(04) 472 7421 - www.royalsociety.org.nz
$50,000 - $150,000