Chemical Technicians

Chemical technicians assist chemists and chemical engineers in the research, development, testing, and manufacturing of chemicals and chemical-based products. Approximately 63,880 chemical technicians work in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Assist chemists and chemical engineers in the research, development, testing, and manufacturing of chemicals and chemical-based products
Alternate Title(s) Applied Research Technicians
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience A solid background in mathematics and science, as well as participation in internships and co-ops, will be helpful
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Chemist or Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Technician
  • Intern

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