Chemist

Salary/Compensation

At the entry level, a Chemist receives salary ranging from P13,000 - P26,000. In the U.S., the average salary pay is around US $4,073.

Basic Educational Requirement

To become a Chemist, one needs to have a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry however, many positions, especially those in research, require a Ph.D. Most undergraduate programs emphasize mathematics and physics as well as chemistry, partly because chemistry is also known as the “central science”.

Cost of Education *

A B.S. Chemistry course would cost around P25,000 to P50,000 per semester in private universities and approximately P3,500 to P10,000 per semester in public institutions.

Employment Opportunities

Major employers of Chemists are academic institutions, chemical and pharmaceutical industry, and government laboratories. Most companies hire Chemists with experience and has multiple research background.

Prospects for Career Advancement

Chemists interested in becoming managers will have to take additional business management courses. Chemists can also work as teachers and lecturers in primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions.

Nature of Work

Chemists are involved in creating new compounds [molecules] for usage against diseases in humans, animals, and plants, as well as new materials for use in technologies like computers, clothes for astronauts, or for spaceships with advanced instruments. They are also involved in the analyses (determination of purity) of compounds in the food, mining, plastics, paint and pharmaceutical industries.

Tasks

  • Study the reactions of certain compounds and the new production of new compounds;
  • Investigate the fundamental aspects of chemical reactions;
  • Determine which substances are present in a sample and in what quantities, and also develop new methods of analysis; and
  • Attempt to refine existing theories and develop new theories.

Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to prepare scientifically accurate and through reports;
  • Can communicate effectively;
  • Ability to perform necessary mathematical calculations;
  • Knowledge of the basic principles and practices of physical and analytical chemistry; and
  • Updated sources of information and current literature in the field of analytical chemistry.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Can maintain effective working relationships with others;
  • Ability to assist in the development of the methods and procedures to be followed in the analysis of various substances and materials; and
  • Knowledge of the operation of laboratory equipment and apparatus such as balances, microscopes, hoods, pH meters, infrared spectrometer, gas chromatography, atomic absorption spectrometer, and combustion furnaces.

* Based on 2011 rates.