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Pesticide Chemist

Concoct safer, more effective pesticides.

What does a Pesticide Chemist do?

A Pesticide Chemist studies organic and inorganic compounds to fight off bugs and insects. Falling under the broader category of Chemist, a Pesticide Chemist looks for better ways to keep plants away from harm. When Pesticide Chemists improve existing pesticides or create new ones, the worlds’ plants are better protected.

As a Pesticide Chemist, you’re typically employed by pesticide companies or commercial farming operations, and your motto is “Bug off!” Courses in biology, entomology, chemistry, botany, and mathematics are essential for your work with Inorganic Chemists, Botanists, and Research Engineers. Putting your research and analytical skills to work, you conduct experiments and track your results.

For example, you want to improve the lifespan and quality of fruit from a tomato plant. The widget beetle eats the leaves and damages the plant. You study different proteins that deter the widget beetle, and how to turn those proteins into a pesticide.

Your research proves that when exposed to the protein from a banana peel, the widget beetle flies away without disturbing the tomato plant. Working with other Scientists, you turn the banana peel protein into the base of a new pesticide.

Patience, determination, and focus are essential skills for a Pesticide Chemist. Experiments may not always produce your desired results, requiring you to reevaluate your approach and do it again. The determination to turn your failures into successes keeps you going forward, solving the mysteries of the plant world. Your efforts mean more profit for your company and its customers, not to mention bigger, redder tomatoes for the world to enjoy.