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

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