Organic chemists work in a range of fields; some positions may be based in the medical field and involve development and operation in medical laboratories, while others are found in process-based scientific laboratories. Organic chemists typically work indoors and are often employed by companies in energy, defense, and pharmaceuticals.
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is often a minimum requirement for this position, and some employers may require a master's degree or Ph.D. in chemistry. Strong laboratory skills and verbal and written communication skills are important in this position, and common responsibilities include optimizing chemical processes, creating new chemical processes, and other chemical activities. Strong skills in math, customer service, research, and management, as well as precision and accuracy, are also important.
Organic chemists generally work in laboratories and offices and maintain full-time hours and schedules. They work with other organic chemists within laboratories and also interact with supervisors who may be less scientifically knowledgeable. Communication with others on all levels of understanding is necessary for organic chemists, and some also serve as supervisors of other researchers, including graduate and undergraduate students working as interns.
Organic Chemist Tasks
Perform complex experiments, utilizing equipment and technology.
Develop and maintain protocols and equipment usage guidelines.
Design and implement methodologies for synthesizing, analyzing and validating compounds and materials.
Write up results, modify protocols and disseminate findings.
Stay up to date on current organic chemistry research and conferences.