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Career and Education Opportunities for Chemists in Idaho

Idaho has a population of 1,545,801, which has grown by 19.46% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Gem State," Idaho's capital and most populous city is Boise.

There are currently 230 jobs for chemists in Idaho and this is projected to grow 13% to about 260 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for chemists are expected to grow by about 2.5%. Chemists generally conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or chemical experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.

A person working as a chemist can expect to earn about $35 per hour or $73,670 annually on average in Idaho and about $31 per hour or $66,230 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Compared with people working in the overall category of Physical Sciences, people working as chemists in Idaho earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Physical Sciences nationally. Chemists work in a variety of jobs, including: food processing chemist, nutritional chemist, and powder expert.

In 2008, there were a total of 939,793 jobs in Idaho. The average annual income was $32,994 in 2008, up from $32,837 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Idaho was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. About 21.7% of Idaho residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Idaho include semiconductor electronic component manufacturing, fruit preserving food manufacturing, and frozen food manufacturing.

CITIES WITH Chemist OPPORTUNITIES IN Idaho


JOB DESCRIPTION: Chemist

Chemist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, chemists conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or chemical experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.

Every day, chemists are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to read and understand documents and reports. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Idaho include:

  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist. Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Utilizing knowledge of various scientific disciplines may collect, synthesize, and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, and other sources.
  • Environmental Technician. Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health. Under direction of an environmental scientist or specialist, may collect samples of gases, soil, and other materials for testing and take corrective actions as assigned.
  • Geological Specialist. Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the earth's internal composition, atmospheres, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, and seismologists.
  • Hydrologist. Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Idaho

Idaho
Idaho photo by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Idaho has a population of 1,545,801, which has grown by 19.46% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Gem State," Idaho's capital and biggest city is Boise. In 2008, there were a total of 939,793 jobs in Idaho. The average annual income was $32,994 in 2008, up from $32,837 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Idaho was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Roughly 21.7% of Idaho residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Idaho include semiconductor electronic component manufacturing, fruit preserving food manufacturing, and frozen food manufacturing.