A formulation chemist designs and creates plant and crop protection products and supports existing products that growers and farmers need. The science, and art, of determining the proper combination of ingredients, while balancing quality, stability, cost, and many other factors is an intriguing puzzle that fascinates formulation chemists.
An undergraduate degree in chemistry is a good way to prepare for a career in as a formulation chemist. There are a few formal formulation degree programs, but the majority of formulation scientists learn by starting out as a laboratory chemist, and learning formulation science from a seasoned professional. This "apprenticeship" typically lasts 4 years.
WHERE TO STUDY
For 2- and 4-year college and university programs across the country, visit our Where to Study page.
In August 2020, the average yearly salary for a formulation chemist was $56,836, according to PayScale.com . For more information, visit PayScale.com's Formulation Chemist Profile.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- American Association for Clinical Chemistry
- American Chemical Society
- American Oil Chemists Society
- Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers
- Society for Applied Spectroscopy
- Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
VIDEOS AND TESTIMONIALS
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