What does an analytical chemist do?

Let's say that you have a sample of an unknown chemical or fluid. Is an analytical chemist the right type of chemist to analyze and identify that specimen? If so, how many years of schooling will it take to get a Ph.D? What are the top schools to go to become one? If it's not the right type of job, what is?

Asked By: -_- - 5/19/2008
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Generally, in industry, those who are given unknown samples and actually analyze the samples are lab technicians with BA/BS degrees in chemistry. Not as glamorous as TV makes it out to be....PhD's generally manage the lab (assign samples and tell the tech's which tests to run), collect and report the data, do research... More
Answered By: m w - 5/19/2008
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Analyze chemicals, what else ?
Answered By: AZRAEL - 5/19/2008
Yes, that's exactly what analytical chemistry means. Generally a scientist of any sort will be in undergrad for four years and then enter a Ph.D. program, which will consist of maybe a couple of years of classes and exams and then however much longer it takes the student to produce original work for a thesis -- ten... More
Answered By: dan131m - 5/19/2008
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