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Chemist

Develop and test products, and design and monitor chemical processes in a laboratory setting.

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Chemist is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Chemist


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You need to complete a Bachelor of Science or Applied Science majoring in Chemistry to become a qualified Chemist.

  1. Complete a Bachelor degree in Science or Applied Science majoring in Chemistry.
  2. Look to secure a placement in an internship program while studying. This will provide you with relevant experience as well as guidance and mentorship from experienced Chemists.
  3. Build your specialisation in one or more branches of the science of chemistry through continuing education and relevant industry experience.

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Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

This degree develops knowledge, skills and applications of chemistry to prepare for work in a variety of industries.

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How do Chemists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 18 Chemists surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
3.7
Career progression opportunities
3.3
Job security
4.2
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
3.8

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Nov 2018
Offshore chemist is a tough job, but it certainly offers a never ending learning curve.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Upstream Chemical
The good things
Working as an offshore chemist while in rotations allows for getting involved in absolutely every single aspect of the oil and gas operations. You are constantly learning. The challenge is to generat...
The challenges
Offshore roles certainly will be performed in rotation basis. These rotation can be sometimes gruelling. Depending on the rig , some roles will be more physical than others. The challenge is to manag...
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Oct 2018
Laboratory Chemist - it's fun, interesting and I am never bored!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
quality assurance - validation department
The good things
Once you enter the work force you learn so much more in depth than what you do at uni. I am lucky that in my role there are so many different things to learn that I am never bored. Not only performing...
The challenges
Biggest challenge is finding a chemist job that isn't in the three big cities!! (Bris, Syd, Melb). There is not much available elsewhere and if there is it gets snatched up pretty quickly. It is also ...
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