Chemical Technicians

Analytical skills
Precision is crucial
Chemical technicians must be able to conduct scientific experiments with accuracy and precision.
Communication skills
Clear and effective
Chemical technicians must explain their work to scientists and engineers, and to workers who may not have a technical background. They often write reports to communicate their results.
Time-management skills
Organization is key
Chemical technicians often work on multiple tasks and projects at the same time and must be able to prioritize their assignments.

Job Description

Chemical technicians typically do the following:

  • Monitor chemical processes and test the quality of products
  • Set up and maintain laboratory equipment
  • Troubleshoot production problems
  • Prepare chemical solutions
  • Conduct chemical and physical experiments and tests
  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses
  • Prepare technical reports that summarize results

Most chemical technicians work on teams. Typically, they are led by chemists or chemical engineers who direct their work and evaluate their results. For example, some chemical technicians help chemists and other scientists develop new medicines. Others help chemical engineers develop more efficient production processes.

Chemical technicians’ duties and titles often depend on where they work. The following are the two main types of chemical technicians:

Laboratory technicians typically help scientists conduct experiments and analyses. Often, they prepare chemical solutions, test products for quality and performance, and analyze compounds produced through complex chemical processes. Chemical laboratory technicians may analyze samples of air and water to monitor pollution levels. Laboratory technicians usually set up and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments.

Job Outlook

Median Pay – $48,160
2 Year Associate’s Degree
No Related Work Experience
Moderate-term on-the-job training
PAY RANGE
$29,920
$48,160
$79,100
Lowest 10%
Median
Highest 10%
The industries that hired the most were:

Testing laboratories

21%

Scientific research and development

10%

Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing

9%

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Chattanooga State

Chattanooga State Community College

THE PROGRAM

  • Program Length – 1 year (Certificate)
  • Job Placement – 90%
  • Average Earnings – $36,570 / yr

Students choosing the Chemical Laboratory Technology area of emphasis gain an understanding of how scientists and engineers work together in R&D and production laboratories. Building on their knowledge of Process Technology, students expand their foundation in Chemistry and gain experience in various chemical analytical techniques crucial for quality control in chemical processing. Topics emphasized include laboratory safety, measurement techniques, and basic instrumental analysis.

THE PROGRAM

  • Program Length – 2 Years (Degree)
  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Average Pay – $44,660 / yr

The Chemistry emphasis is designed to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor’s degree granting institution.  This program prepares students for more advanced study in a pathway through which students can pursue careers in natural science, engineering, medicine, allied health or science education.

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.

Cleveland State

Cleveland State Community College