Inorganic Chemist

Inorganic chemists study and synthesize non-carbon elements and compounds as opposed to organic chemists who study and work with carbon and carbon-based compounds. Inorganic chemists generally study the properties of chemical elements at the molecular level. The website says that inorganic chemistry is an important division of the chemical industry because it deals with areas that include catalysis materials science pigments coatings medicine fuel and agriculture. Inorganic chemists work in the mining ceramics and microchip industries as well as in environmental science. Some are employed by colleges and universities to teach and conduct research while others work in government-sponsored research laboratories. Those who are employed in specific industries may be involved in projects such as developing methods to recover metals from waste streams analyzing mined ores and the applications of inorganic chemicals in the treatment of soil. According to the website individuals with bachelor’s degrees in inorganic chemistry can qualify for some entry-level jobs. However those who aspire to academic positions or positions that focus mainly on research will need a master’s or doctoral degree. The website says that jobs for new inorganic chemists have become more competitive because of a decline in the chemical manufacturing industry. Therefore those with advanced degrees are more marketable. According to the website inorganic chemists earn a median annual income of approximately $71000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $70895
High Salary: $106310
Low Salary: $35480
Tasks: Studies the synthesis and behavior of inorganic compounds.
Creates new inorganic materials.
Analyzes non-carbon elements.
Works with components for electronic purposes.
Also Called: Chemist
Materials Scientist
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