Instrumentation Chemist

Conduct chemical analyses of wastewater discharge for surcharge assessment.
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$27,000 – $68,000

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What do Instrumentation Chemists do?

Conducts chemical analyses of wastewater discharges of industrial users of municipal wastewater treatment plant to determine industrial waste surcharge assessments and to ensure that users meet pollution control requirements: Conducts chemical analyses of samples, using special instrumentation, such as gas chromatograph with electron capture, flame ionization, and thermal conductivity detectors, ultraviolet-visible recording spectrophotometer with photometry attachments, and infrared spectrophotometer. Compares findings with industry declared data and legal requirements and notes variations to be used in determining industrial waste surcharge assessments and to regulate industrial waste discharges. Develops new procedures in use of equipment and procedures for analyzing samples. Directs subordinate laboratory personnel in routine tests.

Should I be an Instrumentation Chemist?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Chemist, Instrumentation, Industrial Pretreatment Program Specialist, Radon Inspector

    How to become an Instrumentation Chemist

    Most Instrumentation Chemists have a Master's degree or a Bachelor's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:pqs9ca&chl=no+college+%2811%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29|associate%27s+%2813%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2844%25%29|master%27s+%2820%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,11,44
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