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Chemical Technicians

Chemical Technicians
Quick Facts : Chemical Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$42,040
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201261,000
Job Outlook7% (Slower than average)
Employment Change4,100


Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help scientists and engineers in researching, developing, and producing chemical products and processes. They are typically, supervised by chemists or chemical engineers who direct their work and evaluate their results.

What Chemical Technicians Do

  • Monitor chemical processes and test the quality of products to make sure that they meet standards and specifications
  • Prepare chemical solutions for use in their work
  • Conduct chemical and physical experiments, tests, and analyses for a variety of purposes, including research and development
  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses
  • Prepare technical reports, graphs, and charts, and give presentations that summarize their results

Work Environment

Technicians typically work in laboratories, where they conduct experiments, or in manufacturing facilities, such as chemical or pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, where they monitor production processes. Most technicians work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of chemical technicians is expected to increase by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020 with the greater interest in environmental issues, such as pollution control, clean energy, and sustainability.
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Pay

The average salary of chemical technicians in May 2010 was $42,040.
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Chemical Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Chemical Technicians

42040

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Chemical Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Chemical Technicians

6.72131

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Chemical Technicians

For most jobs, chemical technicians need an associate's degree in applied science or chemical technology or 2 years of postsecondary training. One of the most important aspects of any degree program is laboratory time.
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