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€30k > 65
Development / Process Chemist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€30 - 65
Related Information:
Development Chemist: 30 - 65
Process Chemist: 35 - 55
Analytical Chemist: 30 - 55
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / CPL / Hudson

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Shortages in relation to the following job title were specifically identified by the National Skills Bulletin 2017:

Chemists/analytical scientists; "especially product formulation, and analytical development for roles in biopharma"

"The skills in short supply chiefly related to experienced candidates (e.g. five years or more) and niche scientific areas typically associated with the pharmaceutical, biopharma and food innovation industries. In particular, there was a demand for scientists with experience in compliance, regulatory affairs and new product development."

Occupational Category

Chemical, Biological & Physical Scientists; R&D Managers.

Also included in this category:

Analytical chemists; industrial chemists; biomedical scientists; forensic scientists; microbiologists; geologists; medical physicists; meteorologists.

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 6%
Aged over 55: 7%
Male / Female: 46 / 54%
Non-Nationals: 11%
With Third Level: 100%
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At a Glance... header image

Researches and analyses the content and structure of chemical substances.

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Brian O'Connor
Analytical Chemist
Brian O'Connor works as an Analytical Chemist for Wyeth.  He joined the company as an Analyist working in the lab and has since been promoted to the position of Manager of the Raw Materials Lab. He did his a degree in Chemistry in Maryville College in Tennessee and then moved to the University of California Riverside where he completed his Masters of Science in Analytical Chemistry.
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Brian Kelly
Science Entrepreneur

Brian is an Entrepreneur who setup his own business from ideas he encountered as a PHD student in UCD. After completing a general Science degree in UCD, he chose to pursue a PHD within the Chemistry dept, with aspirations for a career in the Pharma Chemical sector. His company, Celtic Catalysts, currently employs 17 staff and provides the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical industries with pioneering chemistry for asymmetric synthesis.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Analyze organic or inorganic compounds to determine chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography, spectroscopy, or spectrophotometry techniques.


Conduct quality control tests.


Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed.


Prepare test solutions, compounds, or reagents for laboratory personnel to conduct tests.


Induce changes in composition of substances by introducing heat, light, energy, or chemical catalysts for quantitative or qualitative analysis.


Evaluate laboratory safety procedures to ensure compliance with standards or to make improvements as needed.


Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.


Write technical papers or reports or prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests.


Confer with scientists or engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests.


Develop, improve, or customize products, equipment, formulas, processes, or analytical methods.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others: Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.


Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Chemistry: Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.


Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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