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Employment for chemical technicians is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all careers through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This will be due to downsizing by companies that employ chemical technicians and because companies are increasingly relying on outside contractors and overseas production (especially in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing). Despite this prediction, chemical technicians will be in demand. They will be needed by businesses that provide environmental services (pollution control, clean energy, sustainability, and "earth-friendly" products), analytical development and services, custom or niche products and services, and quality control.