The specialty “Chemical technology” unites dozens of professions related to chemistry. The question of where to work is not for the graduates of specialized universities – the demand for personnel in the labor market is consistently high. Certified chemists-technologists can realize their potential in any city and region of the Russian Federation.
About the profession
A chemical technologist is a profession that requires a mathematical mindset, accuracy, patience, responsibility and discipline. You can get it only in higher educational institutions.
Specialty code – 03/18/01. Duration of study for a bachelor’s degree:
- 4 years for full-time education;
- 5 years for part-time and part-time forms.
Applicants take the Unified State Exam in the following subjects:
- Russian language.
Practice takes a special place in the educational process. Already from the first year of study, students spend part of their study time in laboratories and work with reagents in conditions as close as possible to real scientific and industrial laboratories. With each course, the number of laboratory hours and the complexity of the experiments increases. This is necessary for the acquisition of practical skills and professionalism – qualities that are indispensable for a chemical engineer.
This area has a lot in common with medicine – both there are a large number of specializations. In the course of training, the student receives fundamental knowledge about human anatomy and diseases, and then chooses a certain direction and is engaged in its in-depth study. In “Chemical Technology” the same thing: first, basic knowledge of general, organic and inorganic chemistry, and then the choice of who to work with. This could be:
- development of pharmaceuticals;
- creation of new chemicals and fertilizers for agriculture and industry;
- waste processing production;
- biochemical production;
- other branches – in total there are about 50 of them.
The duties of engineers and technologists include:
- Organization of research, product expertise.
- Development of new formulations.
- Control over the technological process.
- Development and implementation of new production technologies.
- Product quality control, its safety for human and animal health.
- Setting up equipment and software, preventive inspections and repairs of equipment.
- Maintenance of technical documentation.
- Solving organizational issues in the team.
Direction – organic substances
Chemical technology of organic substances – a specialty associated with the preparation of organic substances, the processing of gas, oil, hydrocarbons. During the training, practice is provided at large oil-producing and refining industrial complexes of a particular region and the Russian Federation as a whole.
Organic chemical technology is in demand. University students study in detail:
- The theory of creating new chemical formulas and technologies.
- Practical design of production lines for organic synthesis and processing.
- Operation of such lines.
- Labor protection.
- Document flow.
There are much more disciplines in the training program for specialists. Students combine the educational process with research activities.
The departments of organic chemistry of the best Russian universities have all the necessary material and technical base for in-depth high-quality training of specialists. Upon completion of the training, graduates possess all the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills for independent work, namely, they can:
- Organize control of raw materials, materials and auxiliary components required for the subsequent production of organic substances.
- Assess the composition, properties, quality of raw materials and intermediate materials in order to obtain a high-quality product at the end.
- Provide technological control of production and equipment involved in the production or processing of polymers, oil, coal, gas, and other combustible products.
- Quickly and efficiently carry out sampling and chemical analyzes of organic matter, oil.
- Develop and introduce new technologies into the production process.
Where to work?
A graduate of the Faculty of Chemical Technology of Organic Substances can get a job:
- in a specialized research institute;
- design Institute;
- oil and gas field development and production companies;
- oil and gas storage and transportation enterprises;
- chemical laboratories of industrial enterprises.
The average salary by region for a young specialist is 45-50 thousand rubles. In the northern regions of oil production, wages are 2-3 times higher.
Direction – inorganic substances
A certified specialist in the field of chemical technology of inorganic substances solves the same production problems as colleagues specializing in organic chemistry:
- Controls the quality of raw materials, technological process and equipment.
- Carries out expertise and diagnostics of chemical processes using available methods.
- Draws up technical specifications for the modernization of lines, processes, equipment involved in production.
- Draws up technological regulations for laboratories, pilot industry and mass production.
- Works out technological regulations.
- Introduces new methods into production.
- Assesses their safety, compliance with regulations, efficiency.
Where and by whom to work?
Professional competence of a specialist in chemical technology of inorganic substances – obtaining target products from mineral raw materials, process expertise, analysis of starting materials and target end products.
The following are interested in promising undergraduate and graduate graduates:
- mining and coal preparation plants;
- mineral processing companies;
- productions producing inorganic acids, salts and fertilizers;
- factories for the production of building and composite materials;
- enterprises of the electrochemical industry;
- laboratories at factories, workshops, research institutes;
- departments of specialized educational institutions.
The remuneration of a chemist-technologist, chemical engineer, laboratory assistant depends on the place of work, experience, professionalism, knowledge of management and legal foundations, a foreign language, as well as on who exactly he will work with. As of August 2019, the average salary was:
- by regions of the Russian Federation – from 22 to 65 thousand rubles;
- in Moscow and the near Moscow region – from 35 to 100 thousand.
If we consider vacancies by areas, then the picture is as follows:
- 40% of proposals in the labor market are vacancies in industries with wages of 35-45 thousand;
- 30% of proposals – work in a practical field with a salary of 45-80 thousand;
- 30% of the proposals are scientific research institutes and laboratories at scientific centers with a salary of 40-50 thousand.
The highest paid jobs are offered by employers from Moscow, Moscow region and St. Petersburg.
A process chemist can be a person who is able to concentrate on performing a specific task for a long time.
Patience, perseverance, accuracy and accuracy are equally important. The final result of the work of the specialist and production directly depends on the accuracy in the calculations.
A laboratory assistant, technologist, engineer evaluate the properties of raw materials, intermediate and final products – one cannot do without a good sense of smell and visual acuity.
When developing and introducing new formulations and technologies, an analytical mindset, logical thinking, good memory, and the ability to work with large amounts of information are required.
- High demand… Specialized education allows you to realize yourself in many branches of modern industry.
- Ability to work abroad… Promising technologists are often invited to work by international and foreign companies, offering career growth, implementation in the profession and decent wages.
- Real benefit… The profession is interesting, it brings real benefits to the Russian economy, ecology and residents.
- High profit payment. Salary grows with qualifications and experience.
- Versatility and compatibility… After graduating from the Faculty of Chemical Technology, a graduate can work in production, research, management or teaching. Some specialists combine scientific work and pedagogy.
- Harmful working conditions… Engineers, laboratory assistants, technologists are in daily contact with harmful vapors, chemicals, and poisons. If safety precautions are not followed, the bronchi, lungs, liver, and kidneys suffer.
- Monotonous work… Employees of research institutes, production laboratories spend hours in a small room, move little.
- High responsibility… Nervous tension leads to overwork, stress.
Where to study?
In Russia, more than 90 universities are engaged in the preparation of bachelors and masters in the field of “Chemical technology”. Among them:
- Moscow State University Lomonosov;
- Russian University of Chemical Technology Mendeleev;
- State University of Industrial Technologies and Design in St. Petersburg;
- Russian State University of Oil and Gas;
- St. Petersburg Mining University;
- Russian Technological University.
There are specialized departments and faculties in any regional technical university. Every year, educational institutions organize open days so that applicants learn more about the areas of training for a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Technologies, see the material, technical and laboratory facilities and make a choice.