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. Typically Chemists fulfil an advisory support role on production chemistry matters to assist with field development and production / operational management plans.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Develops standards and procedures for chemical analysis and use
  • Supports production installations regarding production chemical issues, scaling, emulsions, hydrates, asphaltines, waxing and any other process-related production chemical issues
  • Monitors usage of chemicals offshore and analyses against production / process data
  • Undertakes laboratory testing of samples sent from production installations
  • Manages study work relating to Production Chemistry and Flow Assurance Develops, blends and tests chemical products
  • Undertakes research and development on new chemical products
  • Undertakes trouble-shooting on chemical-related production problems
  • Manages all areas of Environmental regulatory compliance concerning the use and discharge of chemicals
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

The nature of the work done by Chemists depends on the sort of company they work for. 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. Chemists can work in onshore offices or laboratories, or at onshore / offshore production installations.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines


Entry requirements:

  • Degree in chemistry, physical sciences or other relevant science discipline

Employers might also look for:

  • Experience of working as a production/process/analytical chemist
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)