Pharmaceutical Laboratory Careers
Prospective pharmaceutical chemist/scientist/analyst may find work within a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, food, beverage, cosmetic, fragrance and consumer products.
A pharmaceutical chemist conducts research on, analyzes and experiments with substances for many purposes, including product development, quantitative analysis to determine how much of one substance is mixed with another), process applications and qualitative analysis (compiling all data to effectively answer the questions why and how). His goal is usually to develop and improve products. Additionally, he may be responsible for the development of new processes.
He analyzes natural and synthetic materials to determine their chemical and physical makeup. He does this by using a variety of scientific techniques. He may also provoke changes in the composition of the materials with which he is working, by using a variety of measures including the introduction or elimination of light and heat. He liaises with his colleagues and compares his research. Additionally, he prepares and maintains reports based on scientific deductions.
Functions of laboratory Scientist
Analyze compounds to determine chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography, spectroscopy, or spectrophotometry techniques.
- Write technical papers or reports or prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities,
products, or tests.
- Develop, improve, or customize products, equipment, formulas, processes, or analytical methods.
- Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed.
- Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
Skill Set Needed of a Laboratory Professional
To be successful within the role pharmaceutical chemist, a candidate must be self motivated, with an extremely high level of initiative, eager to explore and create new innovations, as the goal of a chemist is to find out what and why things happen when elements are altered. She/he must also be detail oriented, as the smallest change in any chemical composition may change an outcome. She/he must also be able to perform multiple tasks at a time. She/he should work well within a team environment, as she will need to compare and share data with other chemists and colleagues. She/he must also, however, be equally as effective independently. She/he needs strong interpersonal and communication skills. She/he should also possess exceptional problem-solving skills.
Laboratory Professional Salary Range
Typically a starting salary for entry level/Junior laboratory analyst is around $40k plus benefits.
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