|Quick Facts: Chemical Technicians|
$49,820 per year
$23.95 per hour
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|5% (Slower than average)|
Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to assist chemists and chemical engineers.
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 education for most jobs. Most chemical technicians receive on-the-job training.
The median annual wage for chemical technicians was $49,820 in May 2020.
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.
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