State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $49,971.00-$79,996.00 Yearly






A Chemist Advanced is the advanced level of work performing chemical, analytical, diagnostic and environmental laboratory testing to determine compliance with applicable consumer protection, public health and environmental standards and federal, State and local regulations.  Employees in this classification may be assigned special projects and perform the most difficult and complex chemical analyses or serve as technical experts.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions but may provide technical guidance to lower-level Chemists.   

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Chemist Supervisor or other designated official.  The work is performed in a laboratory setting.  Employees may be required to work overtime.  Employees are required to observe safety protocols in order to minimize exposure to toxic substances and corrosive materials.   

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of a class specification.   

The Chemist Advanced is differentiated from the Chemist III in that the Chemist Advanced serves as a leader of special projects and performs the most difficult and complex analyses of sample matrices or serves as a technical expert. The Chemist Advanced is differentiated from the Chemist Supervisor in that the Chemist Supervisor has supervisory responsibility for lower-level Chemists.


Performs analysis of the most difficult and complex sample matrices that require the application of advanced computer-based instrumental procedures used to identify and quantify complex chemical compounds to determine compliance with applicable consumer protection, public health and environmental standards and federal, State and local regulations;

Coordinates and oversees the work of and provides technical assistance to lower- level Chemists assisting in the performance of high priority time sensitive analyses or complicated special projects;

Analyzes organic and inorganic substances to determine chemical and physical properties using instruments, such as MS/GLC, MS/HPLC, ICP/MS, HPLC/Flourescence, HPLC/Post Column Derivatization;

Assesses the acceptability and appropriateness of samples collected for chemical analyses and determines the appropriate method of analysis to obtain accurate and valid results;

Prepares samples for analysis according to protocols and approved standard methods and monitors the testing process to observe validity of procedure and unanticipated reactions and adjusts or modifies testing procedures as needed;

Develops in-house methods of analysis or modifies existing methods to analyze complex matrices or to identify and quantify analyses for which there is no applicable standard procedure;

Performs analytical tests using equipment and instruments, such as gas and liquid chromatographs, MS/GLC, MS/HPLC, ICP/AA/MS, HPLC/Diode Array, nitrogen analyzers, spectrophotometers, hydrometers, pH meters and microscopes;

Prepares interpretive reports to document the analytical method used, instrumental parameters, method modifications, relevant calculations, analytical findings or audit results;

Maintains laboratory instruments and scientific equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications to ensure the accuracy of test results and safe operation of equipment;

Adheres to quality control and quality assurance protocols to ensure the integrity of test results and safety of the work environment;

Keeps abreast of changes and advancements in laboratory science and participates in continuing education to enhance knowledge and skills;

Testifies in court regarding samples analyzed to attest to the chain of custody being maintained, test methods used, test results and conclusions reached;

May perform audit inspections of private facilities or laboratories to determine compliance with applicable federal and State regulations;

Performs other related duties.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


Class Descriptions are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies.  Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position. 

Class Descriptions provide information about the Nature of Work, Examples of Work, General Requirements and Acknowledgements.  The Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; Minimum Education and Experience Requirements; Special Requirements; and recruitment and testing procedures are set by the using agency.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit, as indicated by the designation of S (Supervisor), M (Manager), T (Agency Head), U (Board or Commission Member), W (Student), X (Used by Agency or Excluded by Executive Order), or Z (Confidential).  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Date Established

Jul 1 2004 12:00AM

Date Revised

December 29, 2017

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 006590; EST: 7/1/2004; REV: 12/29/2017;

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