Chemical Laboratory Assistant

Laboratory Assistant

Minimum B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Chemistry

Will be updated

The tasks a Laboratory Assistant, Chemical is expected to perform include:

Arranging and setting various chemicals, instruments and apparatus such as salts, acids, balances, heaters as desired by chemists

Conducting experiments in chemical laboratory

Setting up required apparatus and equipment as directed by chemist

Proficiency in performing routine tasks, such as preparation of standard solutions and common reagents, weighing and measuring of salts and chemicals, filtration, precipitation, etc.

Adept at conducting simple tests as directed by chemist

Well-versed with cleaning and maintaining the balances

Adept at changing Kipps apparatus and maintaining laboratory in a clean and tidy way

Knowledge of keeping required chemicals readily available and replenishing stock from stores


Knowledge of cleaning special apparatus, if required

Team player

Good communication skills


Problem-solving attitude

Eye for detail

Accuracy in work

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs
This job is suitable for candidates with One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL), Both Leg (BL) and those who have Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health hazards include exposure to chemicals, carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic substances, high temperatures and thermal stress from melting, drying, burning and ionizing radiation caused by radioactive materials, etc.

Occupational hazards include injuries, slips, cuts, burns, electric shock, musculoskeletal disorders, stress, etc.

For freshers - INR 15,000 to INR 20,000 per month

For candidates with 2-3 years of experience or more - INR 20,000 to INR 25,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Chemical and Petrochemical Sector

Global chemical market size was estimated at USD 3.9 trillion in 2013 and is expected to grow at 3-4% per annum over the next 5 years to reach USD 4.7 trillion by 2018. India currently accounts for approximately 3% of the world chemical market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry expanded in 2013 despite weakness in key export markets and subdued growth in the domestic market. The Indian chemical and petrochemical industry currently stands at USD 118 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8% for the next five years.

The petrochemicals industry is a significant industry for the Indian economy. The growth of this industry is closely linked to economic growth of a country. The Indian petrochemical market has grown at a CAGR of 11% from USD 19.3 billion in FY11 to USD 24 billion in FY13. The current per capita consumption of products of chemical industry in India is about 1/10th of the world average. The low per capita consumption across industries and segments and strong growth outlook for the key end use are the key growth drivers for the chemical and petrochemical industry in India.

Chemical and petrochemical industry is a human resource intensive industry and hence employs a large number of people across the world. Currently the industry provides employment to about 1 million people in India. With the growing demand, the manufacture and marketing of chemicals will continue to offer substantial employment opportunities both for skilled and unskilled persons. The industry also generates indirect employment for the chemicals, engineering, packaging and transport industry. With the additional emphasis on exports, there will be new opportunities in logistics and marketing as well. As the industry grows, so will the job opportunities for Laboratory Assistant, Chemical.

Chemical and petrochemical laboratories across India

Towns and cities across India