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.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Centrifuge Operators, Distillation Operators, Filter-Press Operators
Duties Help develop and manufacture industrial chemicals; operate equipment and instrumentation; set up devices for chemical processing; monitor processes; and test quality
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with the most demand for operators in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina
Minimum Education Level
  • Apprenticeship
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience On-the-job training; apprenticeship or associate's degree required for higher-level jobs
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Plant Manager
  • Production Supervisor
  • Advanced Machinery Operator
  • Machinery Operator
  • Laborer or Unskilled Helper

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