Chemists (2112) & Chemical Technologists/Technicians (2211)

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. Chemists are employed in research, development and quality control laboratories; chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries; mineral, metal and pulp and paper industries; and a wide variety of manufacturing, utility, health, educational and government establishments. (National Occupation Classification)

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. They 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 Occupation Classification)

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Education

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).

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Date modified: August 13, 2020