Formulation Chemist

Average Salary
Degree Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

Not all formulas are created equal—formulation requires a blend of both art and science. Formulation chemists study substances that do not react with each other—but have advantageous effects as a mixture; examples include pesticides, fertilizers, paints, cosmetics, etc. These scientists are curious about not only how a formula can be improved chemically, but how it can better serve both farmers’ and consumers’ evolving needs.

Also known as: Research & Development Chemist, Process Chemist, Principal Research Scientist
Equipment Maintenance
Operation Monitoring
Quality Control Analysis
Social Perceptiveness
Systems Analysis
Systems Evaluation
Plan and conduct experiments
Oversee formulation throughout biological, marketing, regulatory and production stages
Customize inactive ingredients toward specific products and purposes
Optimize product performance by developing and improving chemical combinations
Determine the long-term stability of products
Assist production by testing and scaling manufacturing methods
Communicate research and findings to key stakeholders
Meet Brittany
Formulation Chemist
Corteva Agriscience
"I started to have conversations and look at what was the shift from biomedical to agbiosciences. And to me the transition was because I was drawn to medical because I wanted to help people, but I saw that a career in agricultural fields also had the same impact."
B.S. Chemistry, M.S. and Ph.D. Materials Chemistry

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