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Chemists research the properties, composition and principles of elements and compounds, and apply chemical principles to developing a wide range of products and processes.

What Do Chemists Do?

• Develop and conduct quality control programs for raw materials, chemical intermediates and final products
• Identify and quantify environmental pollutants
• Conduct research to develop new chemical formulations and processes, and devise new technical applications of industrial chemicals and compounds
• Research the properties of chemical compounds and the mechanisms of chemical reactions
• Investigate the chemical aspects of drug action, organ function, and the diagnosis and treatment of disease

Where do Chemists work?

• AREVA and Cameco
• Pulp and Paper companies
• Chemical and Petrochemical Plants
• Pharmaceutical companies and Healthcare
• Petroleum and Natural Gas Production
• Research and Development laboratories
• Manufacturing and Utility companies

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Job Titles

• Licensing Supervisor
• Quality Supervisor
• Chemist

What characteristics do you need?

• Interest in math and problem-solving skills
• Communication skills
• Ability to work independently as well as with a team
• Patience, persistence and the ability to pay attention to detail

Average Hourly Wage from 2006 Survey of Wages – Saskatchewan Labour - $40.29/hour

Post-Secondary Institute

• University of Saskatchewan
o Degree Program
o Require: Grade 12 with a minimum of 70% average including Chemistry 30, Math B30, Math C30, Physics 30, Biology 30
o Length: 3 year Bachelor of Science or 4 year Bachelor of Science
o 4 year Bachelor of Science degree provides valuable preparation and training for students pursuing further study

• University of Regina
o Degree Program
o Require: Grade 12 with a minimum of 65% average
o Length: 4 year Bachelor of Science

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 09 June 2010 15:07)