Chemical application specialist


Chemical application specialists develop chemical products according to the needs and expectation of the clients. They conduct development of formulas and processes of formulation as well as evaluation of the efficiency and performances of the formulations.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to chemical application specialist:

chemical application technician
technical application specialist chemist
formulation development engineer
application specialist chemist
product formulation chemist
specialist chemist
product development chemist
development chemist
chemical product application specialist

Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is generally required to work as chemical application specialist. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Chemical application specialist is a Skill level 4 occupation.

Chemical application specialist career path

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of chemical application specialist. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of chemical application specialist with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of chemical application specialist.

Characteristics of products: The tangible characteristics of a product such as its materials, properties and functions, as well as its different applications, features, use and support requirements.
Customer service: Processes and principles related to the customer, client, service user and to personal services; these may include procedures to evaluate customer’s or service user’s satisfaction.
Business analysis: The research field which addresses the identification of business needs and problems and the determination of the solutions that would mitigate or prevent the smooth functioning of a business. Business analysis comprises IT solutions, market challenges, policy development and strategic matters.
Chemistry: The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.
Marketing principles: The principles of managing the relationship between consumers and products or services for the purpose of increasing sales and improving advertising techniques.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of chemical application specialist.

Advise customers: Give information to people regarding import and export restrictions, tariff systems and other custom-related topics.
Translate formulae into processes: Translate, by means of computer models and simulations, the specific laboratory formulae and findings into production processes.
Communicate with customers: Respond to and communicate with customers in the most efficient and appropriate manner to enable them to access the desired products or services, or any other help they may require.
Develop chemical products: Research and create new chemicals and plastics used in the production of a variety of goods such as pharmaceuticals, textile, building materials and household products.
Write work-related reports: Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.
Use chemical analysis equipment: Use the laboratory equipment such as Atomic Absorption equimpent, PH and conductivity meters or salt spray chambre.
Build business relationships: Establish a positive, long-term relationship between organisations and interested third parties such as suppliers, distributors, shareholders and other stakeholders in order to inform them of the organisation and its objectives.
Keep up-to-date with regulations: Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current regulations and apply this knowledge in specific sectors.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of chemical application specialist. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Pharmaceutical products: The offered pharmaceutical products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.
Perfume and cosmetic products: The offered perfume and cosmetic products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.
Customer relationship management: The customer-oriented management approach and basic principles of successful customer relations that focus on interactions with customers such as technical support, customer services, after-sales support and direct communication with the customer.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of chemical application specialist. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Adjust production schedule: Adjust work schedule in order to maintain permanent shift operation.
Analyse business objectives: Study data according to business strategies and objectives and make both short-term and long-term strategic plans.
Apply business acumen: Take appropriate actions in a business environment in order to maximise possible outcome from each situation.
Satisfy customers: Communicate with customers and make them feel satisfied.
Perform customer management: Identify and understand the customer’s needs. Communicate and engage with stakeholders in designing, promoting and evaluating services.
Identify new business opportunities: Pursue potential customers or products in order to generate additional sales and ensure growth.

ISCO group and title

2113 – Chemists





  1. Chemical application specialist – ESCO
Last updated on August 8, 2022

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