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Published by Afterschool.my on Mar 11, 2015, 04:18 pm
Chemists (inorganic chemists, organic chemists, analytical chemists, and chemical engineers) have a variety of roles and these depend on the company they work in. Within the O&G industry, chemists can find work in both upstream and downstream parts.
Their job could include developing standards and procedures for chemical analysis; monitoring usage of chemicals offshore and analysing against production/process data; laboratory testing of samples, developing, blending and testing chemical products and so forth.
Like other careers in the O&G industry, demand for chemists varies along the price of oil and natural gas. Most chemists find employment in the labs of large oil companies that support the industry with chemicals to aid in the drilling and refinery area, or technical support for handing environmental systems. Usually, chemists work in groups and they work together with engineers.
Chemists can work in a variety of roles within operators, specialist chemical companies, well services companies, consultancies, and others. Chemists can work both onshore and offshore. Biochemists, specifically, are needed in upstream processes because bacteria change the quality of oil over time, interfering with production and causing downstream corrosion problems and toxic hazards.
Chemistry majors who plan to join the O&G industry must have sound knowledge in organic and physical, analytical chemistry or biochemistry. Those who wish to embark on advance research, teaching, and specialization require a master’s or doctoral programme in chemistry.
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