1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2111-11 Chemist

Studies the chemical and physical properties of substances and develops and monitors chemical processes and production.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • conducts experiments and tests to identify the chemical composition and reactive properties of natural substances or processed materials
  • develops procedures, instruments, recording and testing systems to be used in experiments
  • analyses or conducts research to develop theories, techniques and processes, and tests the reliability of these under various conditions
  • develops practical applications of experimental and research findings
  • develops and monitors quality control procedures for the manufacture of products in plants or factories
  • prepares or supervises the preparation of laboratory reports, scientific papers and reports on specifications and standards
  • may supervise and coordinate the work of technicians
  • may test products or materials to ensure compliance with government health laws, and standards of quality and purity
  • may use micro-organisms to convert substances into new compounds

Specialisations:
Analytical Chemist
Food Technologist
Industrial Chemist

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