Chemical Technicians

General Information

Description

Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit89.76%
  2. State and local government5.53%
  3. Self-employed1.59%
  4. Private, not for profit1.47%
  5. Federal government1.30%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of chemical technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 7,500 openings for chemical technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$49,820

State-by-state Salary

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$69,220
$38,180
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 43%
  • High school 33%
  • Some college 22%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Education and Training
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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