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Occupational Employment Statistics


19-2031 Chemists

Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge. Excludes “Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042) and "Biochemists and Biophysicists" (19-1021).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 7014$47.57/hr$29.15/hr$31.59/hr$43.47/hr$67.64/hr$67.64/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities150$53.41/hr
Professional and Business Services480$40.20/hr
Education and Health Services30$32.70/hr
Public Administration150$39.76/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 10$32.78/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 10$30.28/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$35.35/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$24.68/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$40.20/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$33.54/hr4.4%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 40$33.01/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 50$43.32/hr4.7%
Southwest Minnesota 50$39.06/hr6.6%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$31.69/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 60$37.91/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 70$32.38/hr7.0%
Southeast Minnesota 70$43.47/hr6.8%
Southeast Balance of State 70$43.14/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,120$41.93/hr7.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,160$41.93/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,490$40.43/hr6.6%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians 3,260$30.90/hr4.4%
Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians 270$31.05/hr3.9%
Materials Scientists 120$51.86/hr3.4%

  • Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed.
  • Analyze organic or inorganic compounds to determine chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography, spectroscopy, or spectrophotometry techniques.
  • Prepare test solutions, compounds, or reagents for laboratory personnel to conduct tests.
  • Direct, coordinate, or advise personnel in test procedures for analyzing components or physical properties of materials.
  • Confer with scientists or engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests.
  • Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
  • Study effects of various methods of processing, preserving, or packaging on composition or properties of foods.
  • Conduct quality control tests.
  • Induce changes in composition of substances by introducing heat, light, energy, or chemical catalysts for quantitative or qualitative analysis.
  • Conduct quality control tests.