Chemical information management specialists are responsible for finding, organizing, and disseminating information. They work with electronic information, especially chemical information found in journals, data- bases, patent literature, content management systems,
and internet resources, to make it easily accessible to researchers,
students, industry professionals, and others.
These specialists are hired by libraries, chemical companies,
market research firms, publishing units of professional societies, and management consulting firms. They are also employed
by the technical and trade divisions of publishing houses and by
software and chemical information database companies. Some
work as independent consultants hired on a project-by-project
basis. Most roles require both technical understanding and computer expertise.
Job responsibilities include balancing patrons’ needs with
budget availability, managing online and print resources,
planning for disaster recovery, evaluating usage and impact of
various resources, and negotiating contracts.
Is this career a good fit for you?
A greater interest in scientific literature than in scientific method
is a good sign that this is a career path worth exploring for you.
An eye for detail and a propensity for public service are also
important. Most chemical information specialists stress the
importance of being able to work with people and communicate
well, both verbally and in writing. It helps to be highly organized.
Information specialists combine their technical skills with good
interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work in a
Technical skills required
• The ability to read, search, and understand technical
information for a technical audience is crucial for many
career paths in chemical information management.
• A solid foundation in science and chemical reference works,
including the ability to search chemical databases and
conduct chemical structure and patent searches, is required.
• The ability to write about or summarize (abstract or index)
chemical information is also required for some positions.
• Web programming and Web development skills may also
Possible job titles and areas of
opportunity for chemical information
management specialists include:
• Computer software developer
• Technical information specialist (organizing and
archiving company reports, standard operating
procedures, and historical data)
• Data curation (enabling access to, and ensuring quality
of, chemical data sets over their entire life cycle)
• Abstracter (summarizing technical content for a
• Indexer (creating indexes so users can find information
• Science librarian
• Market researcher
• Patent researcher
• Management consultant
• Technical publisher
• Patents and intellectual property.
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Careers in Chemical Information
and Cheminformatics Panel
Discussion & Brunch
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Sunday, August 16, 2015, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
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industry, and government.
• Participate in Q&A discussions.
• Meet professionals working in chemical information
and informatics careers from Pfizer, National Institutes
of Health, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
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