Chemical Technician

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Associate's degree

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What They Do

Chemical Technicians Career Video

Conducts 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.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Conducts chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials.
  • Maintains, cleans, or sterilizes laboratory instruments or equipment.
  • Sets up and conducts chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.
  • Monitors product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
  • Prepares chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or creates experimental formulas.
  • Provides and maintains a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory or plant safety audits.
  • Provides technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers.
  • Trains new employees on topics such as the proper operation of laboratory equipment.
  • Orders and inventories materials to maintain supplies.
  • Compiles and interprets results of tests and analyses.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Chemical Analyst
  • Formulation Technician
  • Laboratory Analyst (Lab Analyst)
  • Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech)
  • Laboratory Tester (Lab Tester)
  • Organic Preparation Analyst (Organic Prep Analyst)
  • Quality Control Technician (QC Technician)
  • Research Technician
  • Water Quality Technician