Chemical Technicians

Chemical technicians assist chemists and chemical engineers in the research, development, testing, and manufacturing of chemicals and chemical-based products. Their work involves experimental, theoretical, and practical application of chemistry and other connected physical and natural sciences. Chemical technicians conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in producing qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for, among other purposes, research and development of new products or processes, developing quality control guidelines, and sustaining environmental standards. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 64,770 chemical technicians work in the United States.

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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 with the greatest employment opportunities in Texas, California, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
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 Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chemist or Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Technician
  • Intern

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