Use your knowledge of chemicals to create or improve ceramic products.
What does a Ceramic Chemist do?
A Ceramic Chemist uses science-based experiments to develop new products. Falling under the broader category of Chemists, a Ceramic Chemist focuses on organic (natural) and inorganic (man-made) materials. Part mad Scientist and part Investigator, a Ceramic Chemist conducts research to find out “what happens when.”
As a Ceramic Chemist, you use laboratory experiments to study the qualitative and quantitative properties of certain materials. Working with Organic Chemists and Physical Chemists, you develop new materials to improve existing products or create new ones. Virtually all Chemists — regardless of the specialty — work for the same goal: to make something better or new.
For example, you want to make a better, stronger rubber band. After studying the properties of a rubber band, you identify one component that could be changed to improve the elasticity. You then conduct experiments in the laboratory to determine if the changed material is better, the same, or worse. Regardless of the results, you share your findings with other Department Heads and executives.
Courses in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and computer science all prepare you for this role. In addition to your scientific background, your education prepares you to put your knowledge to the test with experiments. English and communication courses are also essential as you prepare reports on your findings for peers and Supervisors.
Patience and determination are essential as well, as you may try one experiment several ways before getting the break you’re looking for. The ability to work unsupervised is also critical, as you often spend hours alone working in the lab or poring over your data.