Chemist

Within the oil and gas industry, Chemists can work in a variety of roles within Operators, specialist chemical companies, well services companies, consultancies, etc.  Chemists can work both onshore and offshore.

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The nature of the work done by Chemists depends on the sort of company they work in and may include:

  • Developing standards and procedures for chemical analysis and use
  • Monitor usage of chemicals offshore and analyse against production/process data
  • Laboratory testing of samples sent from offshore
  • Developing, blending and testing chemical products
  • Undertake research and development
  • Trouble-shooting production problems

The use of chemicals and the application of a variety of aspects of chemistry are essential to the oil and gas industry to enhance production performance, prevent corrosion and support exploration activities.  The continuous development of new chemical products is also an essential part of the future of the industry.

Degree in chemistry, physical sciences or other relevant science discipline

  • Experience of working as a production/process/analytical chemist
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • £20,000 - £23,000
  • £40,000 upwards

A Chemist can expect to progress from a graduate-level position to a senior/team lead role with experience or work in a specialist/consultancy role.