Within the oil and gas industry, Chemists can work in a variety of roles within Operators, specialist chemical companies, well services companies, consultancies, etc. Chemists can work both onshore and offshore.
The nature of the work done by Chemists depends on the sort of company they work in and may include:
Developing standards and procedures for chemical analysis and use
Monitor usage of chemicals offshore and analyse against production/process data
Laboratory testing of samples sent from offshore
Developing, blending and testing chemical products
Undertake research and development
Trouble-shooting production problems
How this role fits in with the rest of the industry.
The use of chemicals and the application of a variety of aspects of chemistry are essential to the oil and gas industry to enhance production performance, prevent corrosion and support exploration activities. The continuous development of new chemical products is also an essential part of the future of the industry.
Basic entry requirements include (necessary)
Degree in chemistry, physical sciences or other relevant science disciplin
Employers might also look for (desirable)
Experience of working as a production/process/analytical chemist
Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
Offshore Medical Certificate
Typical starting salary may be in the region of
AED20,000 - AED23,000
Typical Salary once experienced
A Chemist can expect to progress from a graduate-level position to a senior/team lead role with experience or work in a specialist/consultancy role.