Chemical Technicians

Overview
Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Experience

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

Education

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Job Training

Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

Examples

These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.

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.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $31K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $38K
Median Salary: $49K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $64K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $81K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Conduct chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials.

Maintain, clean, or sterilize laboratory instruments or equipment.

Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.

Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas.

Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.

Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses.

Provide and maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory or plant safety audits.

Provide technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers.

Develop or conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates, or products.

Train new employees on topics such as the proper operation of laboratory equipment.

Write technical reports or prepare graphs or charts to document experimental results.

Operate experimental pilot plants, assisting with experimental design.

Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies.

Direct or monitor other workers producing chemical products.

Design or fabricate experimental apparatus to develop new products or processes.

Develop new chemical engineering processes or production techniques.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
Laboratory information management system LIMS
Data base user interface and query software
Structured query language SQL
Development environment software
Software development tools
Electronic mail software
Email software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
SAP
Object or component oriented development software
Python
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Operating system software
Linux
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Desktop computers
Containers and storage
Lecture bottles
Developmental and professional teaching aids and materials and accessories and supplies
Geiger-Muller counters
Electrical equipment and components and supplies
Photocells
Fire protection
Fire extinguishers
Heating and ventilation and air circulation
Immersion heaters
Industrial filtering and purification
Filter pumps
Industrial optics
Prisms
Industrial process machinery and equipment and supplies
Lyophilizers
Laboratory and scientific equipment
Laboratory blenders
Laboratory supplies and fixtures
Plastic cuvettes
Lamps and lightbulbs and lamp components
Mercury vapor lamps
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Liquid chromatography equipment
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Graphing calculators
Personal safety and protection
Safety glasses
Security surveillance and detection
Gas leak detectors
Water and wastewater treatment supply and disposal
Turbidimeters
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Chemistry
77%
Importance

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

English Language
71%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Mathematics
68%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Computers and Electronics
63%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Production and Processing
60%
Importance

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Clerical
59%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Education and Training
54%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Customer and Personal Service
49%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Engineering and Technology
48%
Importance

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Mechanical
44%
Importance

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Top 10 Skills
Science
83%
Importance

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Critical Thinking
80%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension
80%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening
78%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Monitoring
78%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Writing
78%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning
68%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Speaking
68%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Operations Monitoring
65%
Importance

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Complex Problem Solving
63%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Top 10 Abilities
Near Vision
80%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Written Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Written Expression
78%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Inductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Information Ordering
75%
Importance

The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Oral Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Problem Sensitivity
75%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Category Flexibility
73%
Importance

The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Deductive Reasoning
73%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Oral Expression
73%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Top 10 Work Activities
Documenting/Recording Information
90%
Importance

Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
87%
Importance

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Processing Information
87%
Importance

Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
86%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
85%
Importance

Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
84%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
83%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Interacting With Computers
83%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
82%
Importance

Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Getting Information
82%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Detailed Work Activities

Evaluate quality of materials or products.

Analyze chemical compounds or substances.

Set up laboratory or field equipment.

Interpret research or operational data.

Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing.

Clean objects.

Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.

Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.

Manage scientific or technical project resources.

Supervise scientific or technical personnel.

Operate laboratory or field equipment.

Develop new or advanced products or production methods.

Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets

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Face-to-Face Discussions

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Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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Exposed to Contaminants

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Importance of Being Exact or Accurate

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Work With Work Group or Team

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Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

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Exposed to Hazardous Conditions

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Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable

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Education
Majors
Major
Chemistry, General
Analytical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Chemical Technology/Technician
Chemical Process Technology
Interests
Investigative
86%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Realistic
81%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Conventional
58%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Enterprising
29%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Artistic
19%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Social
15%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Attention to Detail
91%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Integrity
86%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Dependability
83%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Analytical Thinking
82%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Initiative
79%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Adaptability/Flexibility
76%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Independence
75%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Cooperation
73%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Persistence
73%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Stress Tolerance
73%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Work Values
Support
77%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Relationships
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Independence
53%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Working Conditions
53%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Achievement
48%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Recognition
43%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.