Industrial Chemicals Workers

Industrial chemicals workers are employed in a variety of interrelated and interdependent industries and companies in which one operation often makes chemical starting materials for another's use. Most chemical workers convert the starting products or raw materials into other chemical compounds and derivative products, such as pharmaceuticals, plastics, solvents, and paints. They may assist chemists and chemical engineers in researching, developing, and producing chemical products and processes. In addition to being actively engaged in chemical operations, some workers are required to maintain safety, health, and environmental standards mandated by the federal government and perform routine and preventive maintenance tasks. Others handle, store, and transport chemicals and operate batch processes.

Quick Facts
Duties Help develop and manufacture industrial chemicals; operate equipment and instrumentation; set up devices for chemical processing; monitor processes; and test quality
Alternate Title(s) Centrifuge Operators, Distillation Operators, Filter-Press Operators
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with the most demand in Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas
Education and Training
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience On-the-job training
  • Computer
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Plant or Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Chemical Technician
  • Assistant Chemical Technician
  • Industrial Chemicals Worker

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