Formulation Chemist

Formulation Chemist

Formulation chemist design and develop new crop protection products and support existing products that meet the needs of farmers. Additionally, they will plan, organize and conduct experiments to optimize the biological, marketing, regulatory, and production performance of products. They will also plan and carry out laboratory work to develop and understand improved manufacturing processes in order to meet agreed targets.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Plan, organize and conduct experiments to optimize the biological, regulatory, and production performance of products
  • Plan and control/carry out laboratory work to develop and understand improved manufacturing processes
  • Deliver critical information to leadership and fellow researchers
  • Plan and conduct laboratory support work to assist in the solution of manufacturing process problems
  • Take an active part in scale-up and plant introduction of newly developed products
  • Develop and design new testing methods to ensure customer satisfaction with products
  • Oversee product stewardship responsibilities for selected existing products
  • Benchmark competitors as a motivator to strive for innovative solutions for competitive advantage
  • Submit patents, if needed, for developed formulations
  • Organize, schedule and execute projects in accordance with company priorities
  • Help newly developed products move through the regulatory process
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on higher level mathematics and science, such as statistics, algebra, genetics, biology, chemistry and physics.
Education/Training Required: 
A master’s degree at minimum or preferably a doctorate in chemistry is required to be a formulation chemist.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Formulation scientists mainly work in academia, in the animal pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology firms, alternative energy and for crop protection companies.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of Formulation Chemists
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$74,000
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