Chemical Technician

Chemical technicians work in every aspect of the chemical process industry, from basic research to hazardous waste management.


Sample of Reported Job Titles

Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech), Laboratory Analyst (Lab Analyst), Research Technician, Analytical Lab Technician, Laboratory Tester (Lab Tester), Research and Development Technician, Analytical Technician, Chemical Technician, Environmental Lab Technician, Formulation Technician



Careers in chemical technology are more rewarding today than ever. Technicians are in high demand for bringing valuable skills to the development of new products, processing methods, and materials. As critical members of scientific teams, they are at the heart of operations in the chemical industry, helping to get products and services to customers.

Chemical technicians work in every aspect of the chemical process industry, from basic research to hazardous waste management. Research and development technicians work in experimental laboratories, and process control technicians work in manufacturing or other industrial plants. Technicians operate many kinds of equipment and instrumentation, set up apparatus for chemical reactions, prepare compounds, monitor commercial production, test for product quality, and collect and analyze samples produced through organic synthesis. They conduct a variety of laboratory procedures, from routine process control to complex research projects. Technicians also work in data management, quality control, and shipping to provide technical support and expertise for these functions.

Chemical technicians are a growing part of the industrial work force at chemical, engineering, and oil companies. They are employed by federal, state, and local governments, including national research laboratories and government science agencies. Academia also employs technicians. Although the chemical industry employs the largest number of chemical technicians, some work is available in related industries such as polymers, electronics, biotechnology, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, paints, soaps, and fragrances. Some companies have well-defined career ladders for technicians, but generally, dedication and hard work are the main criteria for advancement. Skills are transferable, which gives technicians greater employment choices.


Educational Requirements

A solid background in applied basic chemistry and math is vital, along with skills in using various kinds of equipment and standard labware. A bachelor's degree in chemistry or associate's degree in applied science (A.A.S.) is the best preparation for work in the field.


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