All Job Opportunities For Analytical Chemist


The ever increasing consumer awareness and the demand for quality have made analytical chemistry and analytical chemist, an integral and essential part of all
industries.

If you were to just have a look around your room, you might be surprised to know that almost everything around you has passed through the hands of an analytical chemist, who has tested the product in a testing lab to make sure it meets your requirement and is safe for you to use.

Be it the cement and steel with which a building is made, the paint on the walls, the table and chair you are sitting on, the computer that you’re using to read this article, the air you are breathing, snacks that you are eating and even the clothes you are wearing all have been tested at some stage by an analytical chemist.

Keeping this in mind, you can easily understand the potential, possibilities and choices that analytical chemists have when they want to choose a growth path for their career. In this post I have tried to list out some of the job profiles that various analytical chemists, I know are pursuing. Below is a list of job profiles, by industry –

Pharmaceutical industry 
1. In house testing of raw materials, packaging materials, intermediates and finished products
2. Formulation Development
3. Validation of manufacturing equipments
4. Effluent treatment and control
5. Catalyst efficiency studies
6. Regulatory compliance
7. New drug development
8. Method development and validation
9. Stability studies on tablets, capsules & ointments
10. Bioavailability and Bioequivalence studies
11. Bioanalytical estimations

Food & Beverages
12. In house testing of raw materials, packaging materials, intermediates and finished products 
13. Development and testing of blends, drug residues, banned colouring matters and toxic metals determination in food products
14. Micro biological testing, detection and identification of pathogens 
15. Proximate analysis and Nutrition labeling of food products 
16. Food adulterants 
17. Particle size analysis and tests for texture and crystalinity
18. Shelf life estimations 
19. Elisa testing determination of vitamins, drug residues and mycotoxins
20. Fragrance and flavor analysis of beverages & fruit juices
21. GMO testing of crops 
22. Toxicity studies of metals, colouring agents and synthetic food additives

Consumer products
23. Testing for compliance to regulatory standards
24. Safety testing of toys
25. Testing of electronics like TV, computers etc.

Environmental Monitoring and Control
26. Ambient air testing for studying distribution of pollutants
27. Stack emission testing for sources of pollutants and adopting means for their reduction
28. Work place environment monitoring to prevent exposure of workers to harmful levels of work place emissions
29. Monitoring and control of industrial effluents 
30. Testing of drinking water , ground water and raw water used in manufacturing process 
31. Environmental auditing and site assessment

Materials Development
32. Testing mechanical properties of materials such as tensile strength, hardness, elongation & impact testing
33. Thickness and composition of coating films
34. Structural observations like grain size, crystalinty and amorphous nature of new materials
35. Changes in physical and chemical properties due to compositional changes 
36. Porosity testing of finished surfaces for different applications
37. Fire retardancy of materials to develop fire resistance clothing

Oil and Petroleum Testing
38. Optimization of refining parameters for greater yields
39. Environmental monitoring at refineries 
40. Catalyst efficiency in refining process
41. Wear metal analysis in used oils to estimate useful lifetime of engine oils
42. Water and sediments in fuels 
43. Flash point, fire point, viscosity, cloud point, pour point and density estimation for Quality Control
44. Acid, base and cetane numbers of fuels for utility in different applications
45. Analysis of additives used in lubricating oils
46. Factors affecting corrosion resistance of oils and fuels for wear resistance properties

Automotive industry
47. Chemical analysis and resistance to attack of chassis materials
48. Studies on coating films
49. Failure analysis of automotive components
50. Testing of polymer and plastic accessories 
51. Analysis of fuels and lubricating oils & greases 
52. Optimization of combustion process in engines for high fuel efficiency
53. Analysis and control of exhaust emissions

Agriculture
54. Development and analysis of agricultural chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
55. Residual analysis of pesticides on agricultural produce 
56. Analysis of soils for improvement of specific crop yield
57. GMO testing of grains, fruits & vegetables  for compliance with export regulation 
58. Effect of pollutants on quality of agricultural products and studies on their harmful effects
59. Testing of pesticide formulations
60. Quality control of fertilizers
61. Grading and quality control of agricultural produce

Mineralogy & Geological Sciences
62. Elemental composition of rocks & minerals for exploration
63. Elemental composition of archeological objects and ancient statues for tracing origins
64. Geological dating of natural formations and archaeological artifacts
65. Prospecting for minerals, water & oil 
66. Quality testing of precious gemstones 
67. Reservoirs evaluation and development
68. Analysis of natural gas resources
69. Establishing quality of drinking water resources such as ground water, rivers and lakes
70. Composition of ores prior to refining

Oceanographic Studies
71. Prospecting of ocean beds for mineral deposits
72. Studies on environmental contamination of oceans
73. Migration behavior of species based on changes in ocean temperatures and distribution of pollutants 
74. Isotope geochemical studies to understand oceanographic and climatic changes 
75. Role of atmospheric CO2 on surface temperature of oceans

Atmospheric Studies
76. Studies on greenhouse gases & their role in global warming 
77. Ozone layer depletion studies
78. Atmospheric pollution studies 
79. Acid rain contributing factors
80. Factors contributing to smog formation in cities

Energy Studies
81. Studies on coal, petroleum and natural gas resources
82. Nuclear energy materials and isotope enrichment for peaceful & weapons development programmes
83. Development of efficient solar energy photovoltaic cell materials
84. Studies on biomass and alternate green fuels

Forensics
85. Analysis of illicit drugs and narcotics 
86. Explosive and gunshot residues in murder investigations
87. Fire accelerants in cases of arson
88. Analysis of material recovered from scene of crime, such as, blood, semen, paint chips, broken glass, fibers and hair strands 
89. Detection of documents forgery through analysis of inks 
90. DNA analysis to help investigations to establish cases related to paternity and rape 
91. Viscera examination to investigate cases of poisoning

Space exploration
92. Studies on composition of extraterrestrial material brought by space probes 
93. Composition studies of interplanetary and intergalactic space 
94. Atmospheric composition of planets in our solar system for existence of life supporting conditions
95. Composition of meteorites and asteroids
96. Tracing presence of water on other planets
97. Study of conditions that favor existence of life

Textiles

98. Chemical composition of natural and synthetic fibers
99. Surface studies of fibers to optimize finishing processes and dyeing 
100. Synthesis of polymers to formulate materials having desired characteristics 
101. Studies on blends to improve desirable features of clothing
102. Quality control for safety parameters like banned colorants, heavy metals, etc.

Radiochemical Analysis
103. Uranium enrichment
104. Radiochemical dating of fossil fuels and rocks 
105. Optimization of nuclear power generation processes
106. Studies on harmful environmental effects of radio isotopes 
107. Monitoring of background radioactivity & exposure of personnel engaged in nuclear activities

Herbal Medicines & Health Supplements
108. Chemical identification and structure & elucidation of herbal materials
109. Quantitative estimation by techniques such as HPTLC 
110. Estimation and toxicity studies of heavy metals in herbal preparations
111. Quality control of herbal products and health supplements as per regulatory guidelines

Biotechnology
112. Monitoring & Control of biochemical reactions & manufacturing processes 
113. Characterization of protein or peptide products
114. Development of products through identification and isolation of polypeptides, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids & lipids
115. DNA analysis for finger printing of organisms, crime samples & food products to establish their origins
116. Microbiological studies on food samples, pharmaceuticals & drinking water

Analytical Instrument Industry
117. Instruments sales and marketing
118. Application development
119. Application support to customers
120. Development of new instruments

Government agencies
121. Working in government labs to regulate various products
122. Research and Development in government organizations

Education and Training
123. Teachers and professors in schools and colleges
124. Trainer in internal training departments of industries
125. Trainer in professional training organizations like Lab-Training.Com
Reading this somewhat longish list, I’m sure you must have by now realised the tremendous potential and opportunities you have ahead of you as an analytical chemist. If your basics are clear and you understand the fundamentals of analytical chemistry, you can easily succeed and establish yourself professionally in any of these fields. But to achieve this, you have to imbibe the habit to keep learning to keep succeeding.
This list is in no way complete or comprehensive and you are welcome to add to it by leaving a comments below!


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