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Employment for chemical technicians is expected to grow slower than the average for all occupations through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Declines in the employment of chemical technicians are anticipated in all chemical manufacturing industries, including pharmaceutical manufacturing. However, chemical technicians 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. Chemical technicians will continue to be in demand in scientific research and development (R&D) and to monitor the quality of chemical products and processes. However, many chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers are expected to outsource their scientific R&D and testing operations. Despite this outsourcing, some chemical manufacturing is expected to return to the United States as a result of cheaper energy and raw materials such as shale gas. This should offset, to some extent, declines in demand for these workers in most chemical manufacturing industries over the next decade.

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