Chemists & Chemical Technologists/Technicians
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Chemists conduct research and analysis in support of industrial operations, product and process development, quality control, environmental control, medical diagnosis and treatment, biotechnology, nanotechnology and other applications. They also conduct theoretical, experimental and applied research into basic chemical and biochemical processes to create or synthesize new products and processes.
Chemical technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in chemical engineering, chemical and biochemical research and analysis, industrial chemistry, chemical quality control and environmental protection.
These professionals are employed by research and development and quality control laboratories, consulting engineering companies, in chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and a variety of other manufacturing and processing industries, and by utilities, health, educational and government establishments.
(National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational information
- Environmental career profiles - ECO Canada:
- OCC info by alis - Alberta-based occupational information:
- Chemistry Career Planning Resources - from the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
- College to Career (see Chemistry Careers and Chemist Profiles - American Chemical Society (U.S.)
- A Day in the Life of a Chemist, Biochemist - The Princeton Review (U.S.)
- Consider a Career in Clinical Chemistry - Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists
- How to become a Cosmetic Chemist - Chemists Corner (U.S.)
- AgCareers.com Career Profiles:
- Discover your Future in Healthcare: Health Researcher - University of Manitoba
Chemical technicians and technologists usually require completion of a one, two or three-year college program in chemical, biochemical or chemical engineering technology or a closely related discipline. Some chemical technologists and technicians working in support of fundamental research in chemistry or biochemistry are university graduates. Certification in chemical engineering technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required by employers. (National Occupation Classification)
Employment as a Chemist requires a minimum bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related discipline. A master's or doctoral degree is usually required for employment as a research chemist (National Occupation Classification).
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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Exploring Other Education Options
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- Canadian Programs in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering - Chemical Institute of Canada
- National Accredited Technologist Programs - Technology Accreditation Canada
Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Labout Market Reports - BioTalent Canada
- Reports (see economic reviews and Industry performance snapshots) - Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Chemical Institute of Canada
- Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists
- Society of Cosmetic Chemists
- American Chemistry Society (U.S.)
- Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
- Certified Technicians & Technologists Association of Manitoba
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Chemistry Industry Association of Canada - members and partners
- Biosciences Association of Manitoba - members directory
- BioTalent Canada
- Innovative Medicines Canada - corporate members
- Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation - directory of laboratories
- Drug Development & Outsourcing Directory - from Contact Canada
- Cosmetic Alliance Canada - member list
- Research Facilities Navigator - from the Canada Foundation for Innovation
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