Chemical Technicians
SOC: 19-4031.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
66,500 employed

Projected (2024):
67,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Analysis Tester
  • Analytical Laboratory Technician (Analytical Lab Technician)
  • Analytical Technician
  • Assayer
  • Assayer Helper
  • Bleach Analyst
  • Cement Tester Assistant
  • Chemical Analyst
  • Chemical Analytical Sampler
  • Chemical Engineering Technician
  • Chemical Laboratory Assistant
  • Chemical Laboratory Tester
  • Chemical Research Worker
  • Chemical Technician
  • Chemical Tester
  • Chemist Assistant
  • Chemist Helper
  • Chemistry Quality Control Technician
  • Chemistry Research Assistant
  • Chemistry Technician
  • Cloth Tester
  • Color Consultant
  • Color Maker
  • Color Maker Formulator
  • Color Matcher
  • Color Tester
  • Colorist
  • Colorist Formulator
  • Concrete Analyst
  • Concrete Technician
  • Concrete Tester
  • Control Analyst
  • Cosmetic Chemist
  • Criminalist
  • Dry Color Tester
  • Dye Colorist Formulator
  • Dye Expert
  • Dye Lab Technician
  • Fiber Analyst
  • Field Laboratory Operator
  • Flue Gas Analyst
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Formulation Technician
  • Formulator
  • Formulator Compounder
  • Gold Assayer
  • Grey Goods Tester
  • Inorganic Chemical Technician
  • Laboratory Analyst (Lab Analyst)
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Chemical Assistant
  • Laboratory Cureman
  • Laboratory Supervisor
  • Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech)
  • Laboratory Technician (Lab Technician)
  • Laboratory Tester (Lab Tester)
  • Laboratory Worker
  • Materials Analyst
  • Operations Technician
  • Organic Preparation Analyst (Organic Prep Analyst)
  • Organic Preparation Technician
  • Paint Formulator
  • Paint Laboratory Technician
  • Paint Technician
  • Paint Tester
  • Pathology Technician
  • Perfumer
  • Plastic Technician
  • Polymer Tester
  • Pyrotechnist
  • Quality Control Technician (QC Technician)
  • Rayon Tester
  • Research and Development Technician
  • Research Technician
  • Rubber Compounder Formulator
  • Senior Laboratory Technician (Senior Lab Technician)
  • Spectrograph Operator
  • Spectrographer
  • Spectroscopist
  • Textile Colorist Formulator
  • Textile Technologist
  • Viscosity Inspector
  • Viscosity Worker
  • Water Analyst
  • Water Quality Technician


  • 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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
  • Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.
  • Conduct chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials.
  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses.
  • Provide technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers.
  • Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas.
  • Maintain, clean, or sterilize laboratory instruments or equipment.
  • Write technical reports or prepare graphs or charts to document experimental results.
  • Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies.
  • Develop or conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates, or products.
  • Direct or monitor other workers producing chemical products.
  • Operate experimental pilot plants, assisting with experimental design.
  • Develop new chemical engineering processes or production techniques.
  • Design or fabricate experimental apparatus to develop new products or processes.
  • Provide and maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory or plant safety audits.
  • Train new employees on topics such as the proper operation of laboratory equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Abbe refractometers
  • Agitation tanks
  • Ammeters
  • Aneroid barometers
  • Asbestos gloves
  • Atomic absorption AA spectroscopes
  • Atomic emissions spectroscopes
  • Automated microviscometers
  • Automated polarimeters
  • Automatic buret cleaners
  • Automatic burets
  • Automatic pipette cleaners
  • Autotitrators
  • Ball mills
  • Beckmann thermometers
  • Bell jars
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Bimetallic strip thermometers
  • Bomb calorimeters
  • Bourdon gauges
  • Bubble flow meters
  • Bubble-cap fractionating columns
  • Buchner funnels
  • Bunsen burners
  • Canister gas masks
  • Capillary tubing
  • Cartesian manostats
  • Chromatography developing tanks
  • Chromatography microsyringes
  • Claisen flasks
  • Closed-end manometers
  • Comparators
  • Computer-controlled pumps
  • Constant temperature water baths
  • Cooling baths
  • Cork borer sets
  • Coulometers
  • Desktop computers
  • Dessicators
  • Deuterium lamps
  • Differential refractometers
  • Differential scanning calorimeters
  • Diffusion pumps
  • Digital handheld thermometers
  • Dissolved oxygen meters
  • Distilling condensers
  • Drying pistols
  • Dust and particulate respirators
  • Dye lasers
  • Electronic toploading balances
  • Evaporating dishes
  • Evaporator rotators
  • Exhaust hoods
  • Explosion-proof fume hoods
  • Eyewash fountains
  • Face shields
  • Filter pumps
  • Finger pumps
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flame ionization detectors FID
  • Flame photometers
  • Fluid scintillation counters
  • Fluorimeters
  • Fourier transfer infrared FTIR spectrometers
  • Gas burners
  • Gas chromatography equipment
  • Gas drying tubes
  • Gas leak detectors
  • Geiger-Muller counters
  • Glass burets
  • Glass laboratory crucibles
  • Glass tubing
  • Gooch crucibles
  • Graphing calculators
  • Graphite furnaces
  • Gravitational field indicators
  • Gravity convection ovens
  • Hazardous material protective clothing
  • Heating mantles
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment
  • High pressure sodium lamps
  • Hirsch funnels
  • Hollow cathode lamps
  • Homogenizers
  • Hot air blowers
  • Hydrometers
  • Immersion heaters
  • Infrared IR spectroscopes
  • Infrared lamps
  • Ion exchange chromatography equipment
  • Ionization gauges
  • Laboratory balances
  • Laboratory blenders
  • Laboratory centrifugal pumps
  • Laboratory drying ovens
  • Laboratory flasks
  • Laboratory heating plates
  • Laboratory pressing equipment
  • Laboratory tongs
  • Laboratory vacuum hand pumps
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps
  • Laminar flow burners
  • Lasers
  • Lecture bottles
  • Liquid chromatography equipment
  • Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry LC/MS equipment
  • Liquid transfer pumps
  • Liquid-filled remote thermometers
  • Lyophilizers
  • Magnetic agitators
  • Magnetic stirring bars
  • Mainframe computers
  • Mass spectrometers
  • McLeod gauges
  • Meker burners
  • Mercury barometers
  • Mercury vapor lamps
  • Metering pumps
  • Molecular stills
  • Monochromators
  • Mortars and pestles
  • Muffle furnaces
  • Multimeters
  • Nebulizers
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectroscopes
  • Optical beamsplitting devices
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Optical pyrometers
  • Organic carbon analyzers
  • Perchloric acid hoods
  • Personal computers
  • pH indicators
  • Photo detectors
  • Photocells
  • Photomultiplier tubes
  • Pirani gauges
  • Plastic cuvettes
  • Polarimeters
  • Polarizers
  • Pressure gauges
  • Prisms
  • Pull spring balances
  • Pycnometers
  • Radiation detectors
  • Radioisotope fume hoods
  • Reaction flasks
  • Reflux condensers
  • Refrigerated coolers
  • Rheometers
  • Rotameters
  • Rotary evaporators
  • Ruby lasers
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety showers
  • Sample crushers
  • Single-pan balances
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Steam baths
  • Tension gauges
  • Test tube clamps
  • Thermal conductivity detectors
  • Thermocouples
  • Thinlayer chromatography analyzers
  • Titrators
  • Torsion balances
  • Transfer pipettes
  • Triple beam balances
  • Turbidimeters
  • U-tube manometers
  • Ultracentrifuges
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps
  • Ultraviolet UV light detectors
  • Ultraviolet UV spectroscopes
  • Unequal-arm balances
  • Utility clamps
  • Vacuum flask traps
  • Vacuum gauges
  • Vapor monitor badges
  • Velometers
  • Viscosity meters
  • Voltmeters
  • Volume displacement pumps
  • Volumetric flasks
  • Volumetric glass pipettes
  • Water aspirators
  • Westphal balances
  • Database software
  • Email software
  • Laboratory information management system LIMS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • SAP software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220