Chemical analysts must be able to operate and maintain routine laboratory equipment, contribute and follow methods and lab procedures, and analyze and modify analysis methods. System analysis and evaluation are integral skills that affect outcomes and improve the performance of the system. Chemical analysts also must have strong written and oral communication skills and working knowledge of scientific rules and methods. In addition, they must have the ability to follow and learn written procedures and verbal instructions. Critical thinking, time management, decision making and problem-solving skills are also necessary for this career. Teaching and managing other employees are also good skills for chemical analysts.