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OaSIS code 21101.00

Chemists conduct research and analysis in support of industrial operations, product and process development, quality control, environmental control, medical diagnosis and treatment, biotechnology, nanotechnology and other applications. They also conduct theoretical, experimental and applied research into basic chemical and biochemical processes to create or synthesize new products and processes.


Also known as

  • Agricultural chemist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Bioanalytical chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Chemist
  • Clinical chemist
  • Coatings chemist
  • Electrochemist
  • Environmental chemist
  • Food chemist
  • Inorganic chemist
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopist
  • Oceanographic chemist
  • Organic chemist
  • Organic mass spectrometrist
  • Organometallic chemist
  • Pharmacological chemist
  • Physical chemist
  • Polymer chemist
  • Quality control chemist
  • Research chemist
  • Soil chemist
  • Textile chemist
  • Theoretical chemist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Analyze, synthesize, purify, modify and characterize chemical or biochemical compounds
  • Develop and conduct programs of analysis to ensure quality control of raw materials, chemical intermediates or final products
  • Conduct programs of sample and data collection and analysis to identify and quantify environmental toxicants
  • Conduct research to develop new chemical formulations and processes and devise new technical applications of industrial chemicals and compounds
  • Conduct research to discover, develop, refine and evaluate new products such as those used in nanomedicine, nanoelectronics and other applications of chemistry
  • Conduct fundamental and applied research into the synthesis and properties of chemical compounds and the mechanisms of chemical reactions
  • Investigate chemical aspects of the mechanisms of drug action, the diagnosis and treatment of disease, organ function and the assessment of health
  • Participate in interdisciplinary research and development projects working with chemical engineers, biologists, microbiologists, agronomists, geologists or other professionals
  • Act as technical consultant in a particular field of expertise
  • May participate in the commercialization of new products
  • May supervise other chemists and chemical technicians and technologists.

Additional information

  • Mobility between occupations in this group is possible with experience.
  • Mobility is possible with experience, to occupations concerned with plant management, technical sales and the development and management of regulatory programs and teaching professions.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Architecture and science managers (20011)
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers (21102)
  • Other professional occupations in physical sciences (21109)
  • Biologists and related scientists (21110)
  • Chemical engineers (21320)
  • Geochemist (in 21102.01 Geoscientists)
  • Metallurgist (in 21109.01 Metallurgists)
  • Materials scientist (in 21109.02 Materials scientists)
  • Molecular biologist (in 21110.02 Microbiologists and cell and molecular biologists)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

211 – Professional occupations in natural sciences

Minor group

2110 – Physical science professionals

Unit group

21101 – Chemists

Occupational profile

21101.00 – Chemists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Analyzing Data or Information
5 - Highest Level
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
5 - Highest Level
Processing Information
5 - Highest Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

3 - About half the time
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
3 - Once a week or more but not every day
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
3 - Important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


  • Chemical industries
  • Development laboratories
  • Educational establishments
  • Government establishments
  • Health care establishments
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Metal industries
  • Mineral industries
  • Petrochemical companies
  • Pulp and paper companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Categorization Flexibility
5 - Highest Level
Colour Perception
5 - Highest Level
Deductive Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Fluency of Ideas
5 - Highest Level
Inductive Reasoning
5 - Highest Level


Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
5 - Highest Level
Digital Literacy
5 - Highest Level
Operation Monitoring of Machinery and Equipment
5 - Highest Level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
5 - Highest Level
Oral Communication: Oral Expression
5 - Highest Level

Personal Attributes

Active Learning
5 - Extremely important
Analytical Thinking
5 - Extremely important
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important