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Chemical Laboratory Technology studies substances to determine their chemical composition for research or to develop products.
Laboratory chemical analysts study substances to determine their chemical composition for research or to develop products. Chemical analysis is necessary to ensure the properties of raw materials, the intermediate stages of the technological processes, and the finished products comply with current standards.
Laboratory chemical analysts use various tools and methods to analyse natural and synthetic materials, as well as performing qualitative and quantitative tests using modern chemical and physico-chemical analytical methods. They need to be well-versed in chemistry and must have adequate knowledge of biology and physics. Critical thinking, time management, decision making, and problem-solving skills are also necessary for this career. Laboratory chemical analysts should be able to act logically and systematically, complying with sanitary and hygienic requirements and occupational safety and health standards.
Laboratory chemical analysts work in the chemical laboratories of quality-control departments, research and development departments, or in environmental departments in plants in chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. Greater interest in environmental issues, such as pollution control, clean energy, and sustainability, are expected to increase the demand for chemistry research and development.
The WorldSkills Occupational Standard specifies the knowledge, understanding and specific skills that underpin international best practice in technical and vocational performance. It should reflect a shared global understanding of what the associated work role(s) or occupation(s) represent for industry and business.