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Chemical technicians work in every area of the chemical industry, from basic research to hazardous waste management. Research and development technicians work in experimental laboratories, and process control technicians work in manufacturing or other industrial plants. They conduct a variety of laboratory procedures from routine process control to complex research projects. Technicians also work in data management, quality control, and shipping to provide technical support and expertise to these functions.
Most technicians work indoors, but a few work outdoors taking samples and measurements. Chemical technicians are vital members of self-directed work teams. They sometimes work independently. Most follow the normal 5-day, 40-hour week except when processes or tests must be completed without interruption. Chemical technicians tend to be on the move during the day, with a variety of responsibilities.
Chemical technicians usually work under the direction of a chemist, chemical engineer, or laboratory supervisor. They are employed in research, development, process control, production, and sales.
According to the BLS, 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.
Chemical technicians receive their education through academic programs at community colleges, colleges, and universities. Some companies hire chemists with a bachelor’s degree as technicians, but in many cases, employers say a 2-year associate degree is acceptable.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
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