Chemical Analysts


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Chemical Analysts

Chemical Analysts - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, chemists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of contact with others. They supervise employees and consult with other scientists.
  • Are responsible for other workers' health and safety.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by those they supervise or instruct.
  • Work as part of a research or analytical team.
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  • Have face-to-face discussions with coworkers daily.
  • Write e-mails on a daily basis. They also write letters and memos but less frequently.
  • Communicate daily with coworkers by telephone and e-mail.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors in laboratories or offices.
  • Always wear protective gloves, masks, or glasses when handling chemicals.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants or hazardous conditions while conducting chemical research. There is some possibility of moderate injury. However, risk is reduced by following safety procedures.
  • Are exposed to contaminants often.
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  • Work within several feet of others in the laboratory.
  • Sometimes are exposed to loud sounds or distracting noise levels.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact when performing their job. Errors could cause serious consequences, such as dangerous chemical reactions or incorrect research results.
  • Work in a highly competitive environment.
  • Must meet strict deadlines often.
  • Rarely consult a supervisor before making a decision or setting tasks.
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  • Repeat the same mental and physical tasks.

Hours/Travel

  • Usually work a standard 40-hour week.
  • May work longer hours to meet deadlines.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.