CHEMICAL TECHNICIANS use the principles and theories of science and mathematics to solve problems in research and development and to help invent and improve products and processes. Technicians set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments, monitor experiments, make observations, calculate and record results, and develop conclusions. Chemical technicians work with chemists and chemical engineers, developing and using chemicals and related products and equipment. Most chemical technicians do research and development, testing, or other laboratory work.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $48,500 average per year ($23.25 per hour)
- A medium occupation (59,400 workers in 2010)
- Expected to decline (0.1% per year)
Most employers prefer applicants for CHEMICAL TECHNICIAN positions who have at least two years of specialized training or an associate degree in applied science or science related technology. Some technicians have a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biology, or have taken several science and math courses at 4-year colleges. Many 2-year colleges offer associate degrees in a specific technology. A number of 2-year associate degree programs are designed to provide easy transfer to a 4-year college or university if desired. No special licensing or certification is required for chemical technicians.