Standard Occupational Classification (SOC): Chemists and Materials Scientists

Chemists and materials scientists in healthcare use their expertise in chemistry and materials science to solve problems related to healthcare. They may work in a variety of settings, including pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and research institutions.

Chemists and materials scientists in healthcare may be involved in the development of new drugs and medical devices, such as biocompatible materials for implants or drug delivery systems. They may also be involved in the analysis of chemical compounds in the body or in medical samples, or the study of biochemical processes in the body.

Materials scientists in healthcare may also be involved in the design and production of medical devices, such as artificial joints, stents, and surgical instruments. They may also work on the development of new materials for use in healthcare, such as biodegradable plastics or advanced ceramics.

To become a chemist or materials scientist in healthcare, individuals typically need to have a strong background in chemistry or materials science and a bachelor’s or graduate degree in the field. Some positions may also require experience in research or in the healthcare industry.

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