Chemical Laboratory Chief

Plan and direct activities of chemical laboratory in organizations.
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Salary Range
$89,000 – $155,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Chemical Laboratory Chiefs do?

Plans and directs activities of chemical laboratory in industrial, research, governmental, or other organization: Plans, coordinates, and directs programs for research, product development, improvement of manufacturing processes; or for analysis and testing of substances to support criminal investigations, to detect toxins, or to verify composition of manufactured and agricultural products, and natural resources, such as air, soil, and water. Coordinates research and analysis activities according to applicable government regulations, manufacturing processes, or other considerations, and approves modification of formulas, standards, specifications, and processes. Reviews research, testing, quality control, and other operational reports to ensure that quality standards, efficiency, and schedules are met. Interprets results of laboratory activities to laboratory personnel, management, and professional and technical societies, and prepares reports and technical papers. May prepare and administer budgets. May advise and assist in obtaining patents for products, processes, or equipment.


Should I be a Chemical Laboratory Chief?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Chief Chemist, Director, Chemical Laboratory

    How to Become a
    Chemical Laboratory Chief

    Chemical Laboratory Chiefs often have a Master's degree or higher. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaa9yj&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%2851%25%29|master%27s+%2820%25%29|doctorate+%2829%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,51
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