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Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Freezedryers or lyophilzers
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  • Air or gas tanks or cylinders
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  • Prisms
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  • Optical beamsplitters
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  • Polarizers
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  • Spreadsheet software
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  • Word processing software
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  • Presentation software
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  • Office suite software
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  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
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  • Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.
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  • Conduct chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials.
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  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses.
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  • Provide technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers.
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  • Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas.
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  • Maintain, clean, or sterilize laboratory instruments or equipment.
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  • Write technical reports or prepare graphs or charts to document experimental results.
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  • Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies.
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  • Develop or conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates, or products.
  •  Skills
     
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal m
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
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      Education:   Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
      Related Experience:   Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $52,916.00 $25.45  $17.87  $19.72 - $30.31 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $58,318.00 $28.04  $19.34  $21.52 - $34.66 
    Danbury $63,802.00 $30.68  $19.92  $23.27 - $37.77 
    Hartford $52,530.00 $25.25  $18.40  $20.08 - $29.26 
    New Haven $47,300.00 $22.75  $16.83  $18.43 - $26.50 
    New London/Norwich $46,569.00 $22.39  $15.10  $16.03 - $28.18 
    Torrington $50,134.00 $24.11  $21.20  $21.27 - $27.08 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2016 - 2026 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   81
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, but the number of annual openings will offer somewhat limited job opportunities.
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