Formulation chemist design and develop new crop protection products, and supporting existing products that meet the needs of farmers.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Plan, organize and conduct experiments to optimize the biological, marketing, regulatory, and production performance of products
- Plan and control / carry out laboratory work to develop, understand and test new and improved manufacturing processes in order to meet agreed targets
- Deliver critical information to leadership and fellow researchers
- Plan and conduct laboratory support work to assist in the solution of manufacturing process problems and opportunities so that results can be implemented
- 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 under all kinds of conditions in the marketplace
- 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
What education and training is required?
A master’s degree at minimum or preferably a PhD in chemistry is required to be a formulation chemist.
To pursue a career as a formulation chemist:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on higher level mathematics and science: statistics, algebra, genetics, biology, chemistry, and physics.
Where can I work?
Formulation scientists mainly work in academia, in the animal pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology firms, alternative energy and for crop protection companies.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The job outlook for a formulation chemist will be good over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- American Chemical Society
- Association of Formulation Chemists