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Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists

ANZSCO ID 2342

Overview

All Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists

  • $1,979 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 9,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 40% female Gender Share

Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists study the chemical and physical properties of substances, develop and monitor chemical processes and production, develop new and improve existing food products, and plan and coordinate the production of wine and spirits.

You need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as a Chemist, and Food or Wine Scientist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • conducting experiments and tests to identify the chemical composition and reactive properties of natural substances and processed materials
  • analysing and conducting research to develop theories, techniques and processes, and testing the reliability of outcomes under different conditions
  • developing practical applications of experimental and research findings
  • testing food products for flavour, colour, taste, texture and nutritional content
  • advising on preserving, processing, packaging, storing and delivering foods
  • developing quality control procedures and safety standards for the manufacture of food products
  • examining grape samples to assess ripeness, sugar and acid content, and determining suitability for processing
  • coordinating winemaking processes, directing workers in testing and crushing grapes, fermenting juices, and fortifying, clarifying, maturing and finishing wines
  • blending wines according to formulae and knowledge of winemaking techniques

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as a Chemist, and Food or Wine Scientist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Laboratory Operations and Food Processing VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Chemistry

    87% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  2. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Production and processing

    55% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. Engineering and technology

    55% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Education and training

    54% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  6. Computers and electronics

    53% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Customer and personal service

    51% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  8. Clerical

    51% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  9. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  10. English language

    47% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Administration and management

    39% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Physics

    37% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  13. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Law and government

    35% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Biology

    34% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  16. Communications and media

    28% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Personnel and human resources

    25% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  18. Transportation

    21% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  19. Sales and marketing

    20% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  20. Economics and accounting

    18% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Science

    73% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Writing

    68% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Mathematics

    63% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  5. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Active learning

    59% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  7. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active listening

    54% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  10. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Instructing

    52% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  14. Systems evaluation

    46% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  15. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  16. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Systems analysis

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Equipment maintenance

    37% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    73% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    70% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Deductive reasoning

    64% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  5. Inductive reasoning

    64% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  6. Written expression

    64% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Categorising

    61% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  8. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  9. Near vision

    59% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  10. Sorting or ordering

    59% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Working with numbers

    59% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  12. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  13. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  14. Colour discrimination

    54% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  15. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  20. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Collecting and organising information

    77% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    74% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  4. Documenting or recording information

    69% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  5. Explaining things to people

    69% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    68% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Making sense of information and ideas

    67% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  9. Checking compliance with standards

    66% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    66% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    65% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  12. Checking for errors or defects

    64% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  13. Researching and investigating

    64% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  14. Working with computers

    64% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  15. Building good relationships

    63% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  17. Training and teaching others

    57% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Controlling equipment or machines

    55% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  19. Working with electronic equipment

    55% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    50% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2031.00 - Chemists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Electronic mail

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    94% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  6. Dangerous conditions

    88% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  7. Contact with people

    84% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  8. Telephone

    84% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  9. Exposure to contaminants

    82% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  10. Unstructured work

    81% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  11. Teamwork

    80% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  14. Frequent decision making

    77% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Impact of decisions

    75% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Repeating same tasks

    74% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  17. Lead or coordinate a team

    69% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  18. Health and safety of others

    69% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  19. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    67% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  20. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    67% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Working conditions

    74% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    43% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    57% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    29% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2031.00 - Chemists.

All Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists

  • $1,979 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 9,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 40% female Gender Share

Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists study the chemical and physical properties of substances, develop and monitor chemical processes and production, develop new and improve existing food products, and plan and coordinate the production of wine and spirits.

You need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as a Chemist, and Food or Wine Scientist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • conducting experiments and tests to identify the chemical composition and reactive properties of natural substances and processed materials
  • analysing and conducting research to develop theories, techniques and processes, and testing the reliability of outcomes under different conditions
  • developing practical applications of experimental and research findings
  • testing food products for flavour, colour, taste, texture and nutritional content
  • advising on preserving, processing, packaging, storing and delivering foods
  • developing quality control procedures and safety standards for the manufacture of food products
  • examining grape samples to assess ripeness, sugar and acid content, and determining suitability for processing
  • coordinating winemaking processes, directing workers in testing and crushing grapes, fermenting juices, and fortifying, clarifying, maturing and finishing wines
  • blending wines according to formulae and knowledge of winemaking techniques

You need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as a Chemist, and Food or Wine Scientist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Laboratory Operations and Food Processing VET training pathways.

Employers look for Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Chemistry

    87% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  2. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Production and processing

    55% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. Engineering and technology

    55% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Education and training

    54% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  6. Computers and electronics

    53% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Customer and personal service

    51% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  8. Clerical

    51% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  9. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  10. English language

    47% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Administration and management

    39% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Physics

    37% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  13. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Law and government

    35% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Biology

    34% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  16. Communications and media

    28% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Personnel and human resources

    25% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  18. Transportation

    21% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  19. Sales and marketing

    20% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  20. Economics and accounting

    18% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Science

    73% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Writing

    68% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Mathematics

    63% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  5. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Active learning

    59% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  7. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active listening

    54% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  10. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Instructing

    52% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  14. Systems evaluation

    46% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  15. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  16. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Systems analysis

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Equipment maintenance

    37% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    73% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    70% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Deductive reasoning

    64% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  5. Inductive reasoning

    64% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  6. Written expression

    64% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Categorising

    61% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  8. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  9. Near vision

    59% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  10. Sorting or ordering

    59% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Working with numbers

    59% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  12. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  13. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  14. Colour discrimination

    54% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  15. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  20. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Collecting and organising information

    77% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    74% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  4. Documenting or recording information

    69% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  5. Explaining things to people

    69% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    68% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Making sense of information and ideas

    67% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  9. Checking compliance with standards

    66% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    66% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    65% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  12. Checking for errors or defects

    64% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  13. Researching and investigating

    64% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  14. Working with computers

    64% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  15. Building good relationships

    63% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    59% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  17. Training and teaching others

    57% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Controlling equipment or machines

    55% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  19. Working with electronic equipment

    55% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    50% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2031.00 - Chemists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Electronic mail

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    94% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  6. Dangerous conditions

    88% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  7. Contact with people

    84% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  8. Telephone

    84% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  9. Exposure to contaminants

    82% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  10. Unstructured work

    81% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  11. Teamwork

    80% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  14. Frequent decision making

    77% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Impact of decisions

    75% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Repeating same tasks

    74% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  17. Lead or coordinate a team

    69% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  18. Health and safety of others

    69% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  19. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    67% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  20. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    67% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Working conditions

    74% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    43% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    57% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    29% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2031.00 - Chemists.
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