Chemical analysts are responsible for finding out what matter is and how much of it exists. They research and analyse samples of solids, liquids and gases to determine the composition, properties, physical and chemical changes and combination of a substance. They work with different methods of analysis and through these methods they obtain information about a sample of matter. Chemical analysts perform functions such as validating and verifying the results of their analysis. They develop new methods of measuring matter, do laboratory research, develop processes and products, design instruments used for analytical analysis, interpret data compiled from their analysis and record and communicate their findings. They use their measuring and analysing methods to help solve problems in various industries such as assuring compliance with environmental and other regulations, assuring the safety and quality of food, pharmaceuticals and water in an effort to help specialists diagnose diseases and to provide assistance to trade and commerce. They can also assist in legal processes, where their expertise is required in a court case. The chemical analysis industry also uses the technology of robots and instrumentation to help prepare and analyse samples. Chemical analysts can specialise in a certain field, as there are many aspects to this career. They can also teach in secondary educational institutions as well as research facilities. Chemical analysts can also work as quality assurance specialists or as sales and marketing chemists to sell instrumentation and apparatuses.
Where to study:
Universities: NMMU, SUN, UL, UFS, UKZN,
Universities of Technology: CPUT, VUT
Companies to work for:
· mining and pharmaceutical, environmental research, agriculture, chemical manufacturing, cosmetic, petroleum, food and processing companies;
· educational institutions; research facilities; government departments; private and public sector; medical laboratories