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Dye Chemist



Mix chemicals together to create dyes.

What does a Dye Chemist do?

Dyes have been around for thousands of years. The first dyes stemmed from animal and plant materials, probably accidentally discovered when berry juice leaked onto a nearby fabric. Those early dyes easily washed out using little more than soap and water. Good if you didn’t want a stain, but bad if you were hoping to make a fashion (or status) statement.

The next generation of dyes evolved out of coal and petroleum. Eventually, different techniques were developed to create fabric dyes that were both longer lasting and brighter. In fact, the science of dye chemistry is still in full swing today, although dyes now are created using synthetic means, mainly chemicals. As a Dye Chemist, you spend your days researching and creating new colors, new techniques, longer-lasting formulas, and less harmful dyes for products we use every day.

From nail polish to paint, photographs to hair color, your focus as a Dye Chemist is on consistency, durability, and fewer side effects from the chemicals involved in the process. That’s a lot to focus on, so Dye Chemists run one test at time, over and over again, until they find the results they want.

Dyes are now also commonly used in medical diagnosis, apart from industrial and consumer products. They’re injected into or consumed by patients to outline blockages in veins, arteries, or systems of the body. So whether you don your lab coat for the medical, paint, or cosmetics industry, your next creation might end up in a famous painting, a new product, or as part of a life-saving diagnostic procedure.

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