|Quick Facts: Chemical Technicians|
|2010 Median Pay||
$42,040 per year
$20.21 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||61,000|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||7% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||4,100|
Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers in researching, developing, and producing 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 training for most jobs. Most chemical technicians receive on-the-job training.
The median annual wage of chemical technicians was $42,040 in May 2010.
Employment of chemical technicians is expected to increase by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Graduates of applied science technology programs who are well trained on equipment used in laboratories or production facilities should have the best opportunities.
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