Class Title: CHEMIST 2*
Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 077852
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and experience equivalent to one year of full time professional work as a chemist.
Substitution of Education for Experience:  Additional graduate coursework in chemistry may be substituted for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of one year.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: None.
Examination Method: Education and experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: : Under general supervision, is responsible for professional chemistry work of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Features:  *This is the working level class in the Chemist sub-series. An employee in this class applies more advanced analytic techniques in performing a variety of chemical and physical tests of chemically constructed or bonded materials and substances, new materials, and degree of contamination of substances. Work is usually performed with considerable independence in testing methods and procedures, but is reviewed by a higher level professional. This class is flexibly staffed with and differs from that of Chemist 1 in that an incumbent of the latter functions at the entry level rather than at the working level. This class differs from that of Chemist 3 in that an incumbent of the latter supervises a unit of chemists within a laboratory.

Work Activities:

Making Decisions and Solving Problems:
  1. Follows methodological procedures step by step as written.
  2. Evaluates analytical output for correctness (e.g., quality control data).
Processing Information:
  1. Performs Quality Control test parameters, specific to and required by acceptable methodologies are
  2. performed with each set of samples.
  3. Calculates results in methodology specified units, accurately interprets results and accurately reports results
  4. based on Laboratory reporting requirements.
  5. Maintains the day to day activities in designated format to meet QA standards.
Analyzing Data or Information:
  1. Interprets results of sample testing from various laboratory outputs to ensure accurate reporting.
  2. Performs laboratory testing based on supervisor or manager’s directives and/or specific sample requirements.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:
  1. Adheres to requirements specified in Laboratory Procedural Manuals and any applicable federal and/or state standards.
Interacting with Computers:
  1. Utilizes computer software to run scientific instruments.
  2. Uses the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) as it pertains to analytical data entry, data correction and report generation.
  3. Generates reports and documents utilizing contemporary computer software.

Getting Information:

  1. Performs analytical testing step by step as outlined by Standard Operating Procedures based on required methodologies.
  2. Receives incoming samples from sampling agencies, information from websites, methodology information, and information from clients to perform specific tests.

Documenting/Recording Information:

  1. Reviews records, reports, and research in order to ensure accuracy, completeness, and adherence to standards.
  2. Prepares records and reports to meet unit/agency needs.
  3. Maintains unit/agency records based on established guidelines.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:

  1. Monitors the operation of laboratory equipment such as inductively coupled plasmas (ICPs) and gas chromatographs (GCs) to ensure routine maintenance is performed as required.
  2. Performs routine equipment maintenance as required.
  3. Reports equipment malfunction to supervisor.

Performing Administrative Activities:

  1. Records, reports, and correspondence are completed and processed within the required timeframe.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:

  1. Verifies expiration dates of chemicals and supplies, disposing of expired materials as required by safety rules and regulations.
  2. Examines all laboratory materials including samples to determine safe handling procedures are followed.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:

  1. Provides relevant information through the chain of command by either telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:

  1. Keeps up-to-date technically and applies new knowledge to the job.

Competencies (KSA’s):

  1. Action Oriented
  2. Decision Quality
  3. Drive for Results
  4. Ethics and Values
  5. Functional/Technical Competency
  6. Integrity and Trust
  7. Learning on the Fly
  8. Listening
  9. Problem Solving
  10. Technical Learning


  1. Chemistry
  2. Mathematics
  3. Computers and Electronics
  4. Mechanical
  5. Customer and Personal Service
  6. Clerical 


  1. Mathematics
  2. Science
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Active Learning
  6. Active Listening
  7. Complex Problem Solving
  8. Quality Control Analysis
  9. Learning Strategies
  10. Writing
  11. Operation Monitoring
  12. Operations Analysis
  13. Equipment Maintenance
  14. Troubleshooting
  15. Time Management
  16. Speaking
  17. Operation and Control
  18. Repairing
  19. Coordination
  20. Equipment Selection 


  1. Inductive Reasoning
  2. Mathematical Reasoning
  3. Deductive Reasoning
  4. Information Ordering
  5. Number Facility
  6. Written Comprehension
  7. Category Flexibility
  8. Oral Comprehension
  9. Oral Expression
  10. Problem Sensitivity
  11. Written Expression
  12. Flexibility of Closure
  13. Memorization
  14. Perceptual Speed
  15. Selective Attention
  16. Speed of Closure
  17. Arm-Hand Steadiness
  18. Control Precision
  19. Finger Dexterity
  20. Manual Dexterity
  21. Multilimb Coordination
  22. Rate Control
  23. Reaction Time
  24. Response Orientation
  25. Speed of Limb Movement
  26. Wrist-Finger Speed
  27. Fluency of Ideas
  28. Originality
  29. Spatial Orientation
  30. Auditory Attention
  31. Hearing Sensitivity
  32. Depth Perception
  33. Near Vision
  34. Peripheral Vision
  35. Speech Clarity
  36. Speech Recognition
  37. Visual Color Discrimination

Tools and Equipment Used:

  1. Meters
  2. Balances
  3. Chromatograph-liquid, mass spectrometry, gas
  4. Spectrometers
  5. Titration equipment
  6. Calculators
  7. Computers
  8. Ovens


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