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Education and Training of Analytical Chemists: What is Industry Looking for in a B.S. Chemist?
Managing the Modern Laboratory (1996)
  • Julian Tyson
Abstract
The results of a survey of employers
of B.S. chemists in the U.S. are presented.
The 74 responses were analyzed
to determine l) what skills
were important to industrial employers
of B.S. analytical chemists.
2) how well prepared recent B.S.
hires were in regard to these skills,
and 3) what chemical instruments
students should be familiar with.
The results were validated by comparison
with studies already published
concerning the situation in
both the U.S. and the U.K. Serious
deficiencies were identified in the
preparation of students in terms of
their problem-solving abilities.
knowledge of safe working practices.
and communications skills.
Students were considered well prepared
in terms of quantitative laboratory
skills, ability to work as team
members, and knowledge of software
capabilities. A mismatch between
the contents of the instrumenta
l analysis laboratory and
what industry would like is apparent:
T oo much electrochemistry
and not enough spectrometry and
chromatography are being taught.
The slow response of academia to
expressions of concern by industry
is attributed to constraints imposed
by the U.S. standard pedagogical
approach and to the problems
faced by the conscientious
faculty member in terms of allocation
of time. Some suggestions are
made for the basis of academiaindustry
dialogue and collaboration
that would accelerate the processes
of curriculum change that industry
would like to see.
Keywords
  • undergraduate curriculum,
  • analytical chemistry,
  • instrumental analysis,
  • industry survey,
  • employers' views
Publication Date
1996
Citation Information
Julian Tyson. "Education and Training of Analytical Chemists: What is Industry Looking for in a B.S. Chemist?" Managing the Modern Laboratory Vol. 2 (1996) p. 55 - 63
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/julian_tyson/127/