Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, produce, and test chemical products and processes.
Technicians typically work in laboratories, where they conduct experiments, or in manufacturing facilities, such as chemical or pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, where they monitor production processes. Most technicians work full time.
Chemical technicians need an associate's degree or 2 years of postsecondary education for most jobs. Most chemical technicians receive on-the-job training.
The median annual wage for chemical technicians was $44,660 in May 2015.
Employment of chemical technicians is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Graduates of applied science technology programs who are trained to use equipment typically found in laboratories or production facilities should have the best opportunities.
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