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Working As An Analytical Technician

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $48,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Analytical Technician Do

Chemical technicians use laboratory instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, produce, and test chemical products and processes.

Duties

Chemical technicians typically do the following:

  • Monitor chemical processes and test the quality of products to make sure that they meet standards and specifications
  • Set up and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment
  • Troubleshoot production problems or malfunctioning instruments
  • Prepare chemical solutions
  • Conduct chemical and physical experiments, tests, and analyses for a variety of purposes, including research and development
  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses
  • Prepare technical reports, graphs, and charts, and give presentations that summarize their results

Most chemical technicians work on teams. Typically, they are led by chemists or chemical engineers who direct their work and evaluate their results. For example, some chemical technicians help chemists and other scientists develop new medicines. Others help chemical engineers develop more efficient production processes.

Chemical technicians’ duties and titles often depend on where they work. The following are the two main types of chemical technicians:

Laboratory technicians typically help scientists conduct experiments and analyses. Often, they prepare chemical solutions, test products for quality and performance, and analyze compounds produced through complex chemical processes. Chemical laboratory technicians may analyze samples of air and water to monitor pollution levels. Laboratory technicians usually set up and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments.

Processing technicians monitor the quality of products and processes at chemical manufacturing facilities. For example, they adjust processing equipment to improve production efficiency and output. They also collect samples from production batches, which then are tested for impurities and other defects. In addition, processing technicians test product packaging to make sure that it is well designed, will hold up well, and will have a limited impact on the environment.

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How To Become An Analytical Technician

Chemical technicians need an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary education for most jobs. Most chemical technicians also receive on-the-job training.

Education

For most jobs, chemical technicians need an associate’s degree in applied science or chemical technology or 2 years of postsecondary education.

Many technical and community colleges offer programs in applied sciences or chemical technology. Students typically take classes in mathematics, physics, and biology, in addition to chemistry courses. Coursework in statistics and computer science is also useful, because technicians routinely do data analysis and modeling.

One of the most important aspects of any degree program is laboratory time. Laboratory coursework provides students with hands-on experience in conducting experiments and using various instruments and techniques properly. Many schools also offer internships and cooperative-education programs that help students gain employment experience while attending school.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Chemical technicians must be able to set up and operate sophisticated equipment and instruments. They also may need to adjust the equipment to ensure that experiments and processes are running properly and safely.

Analytical skills. Chemical technicians must be able to conduct scientific experiments with accuracy and precision.

Communication skills. Chemical technicians must explain their work to scientists and engineers, and to workers who may not have a technical background. They often write reports to communicate their results.

Critical-thinking skills. Chemical technicians reach their conclusions through sound reasoning and judgment.

Interpersonal skills. Chemical technicians must be able to work well with others as part of a team because they often work with scientists, engineers, and other technicians.

Observation skills. Chemical technicians must carefully monitor chemical experiments and processes. They must keep complete records of their work, including conditions, procedures, and results.

Time-management skills. Chemical technicians often work on multiple tasks and projects at the same time and must be able to prioritize their assignments.

Training

Most chemical technicians receive on-the-job training. Typically, experienced technicians teach new employees proper methods and procedures for conducting experiments and operating equipment. The length of training varies with the new employee’s level of experience and education and the industry the worker is employed in.

Advancement

Technicians who have a bachelor’s degree may advance to positions as chemical engineers or chemists. For more information, see the profiles on chemical engineers and chemists and materials scientists.

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Analytical Technician Career Paths

Analytical Technician
Laboratory Technician Chemist
Senior Chemist
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Chemist Scientist
Senior Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Scientist Senior Scientist
Principal Scientist
12 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Research Scientist Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Chemist Laboratory Manager Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Quality Control Analyst Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Quality Control Analyst Quality Control Chemist
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Quality Control Analyst Team Leader
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Chemist Quality Control Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Chemist Quality Control Supervisor Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Engineer Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Director
9 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Medical Technologist Research Scientist
Scientist Senior, Research And Development
9 Yearsyrs
Research Technician Research Associate Staff Scientist
Senior Associate Scientist
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Analytical Chemist 3.2 years
Chemical Analyst 3.1 years
Chemist Lead 3.0 years
Associate Chemist 3.0 years
Laboratory Chemist 2.8 years
Contract Chemist 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Analytical Technician
Chemist 5.7%
Internship 4.8%
Technician 4.5%
Cashier 4.5%
Top Careers After Analytical Technician
Chemist 9.8%
Scientist 5.8%
Analyst 3.3%
Cashier 2.9%
Supervisor 2.5%

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Analytical Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

48.8%

Female

40.7%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

25.0%

Spanish

16.7%

German

8.3%

Marathi

8.3%

Hindi

8.3%

Chinese

4.2%

Gujarati

4.2%

Carrier

4.2%

Armenian

4.2%

Russian

4.2%

Polish

4.2%

Italian

4.2%

Tamil

4.2%
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Analytical Technician Education

Schools

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

6.8%

Michigan State University

6.8%

Purdue University

6.8%

University of Toledo

6.8%

Iowa State University

5.7%

Stautzenberger College

5.7%

Valdosta State University

5.7%

Ferris State University

5.7%

Saginaw Valley State University

4.5%

Brazosport College

4.5%

Central Michigan University

4.5%

Southern University and A & M College

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

Bowling Green State University

4.5%

Colorado State University

4.5%

University of Florida

3.4%

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

3.4%

Georgia Southern University

3.4%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.4%
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Majors

Chemistry

29.9%

Biology

16.2%

Business

9.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

7.1%

Nursing

4.0%

Chemical Engineering

3.7%

Chemical Technology

2.8%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Pharmacy

2.6%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

2.3%

Medical Technician

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.0%

Management

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Microbiology

1.7%

Computer Science

1.7%

Environmental Science

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.0%

Masters

17.3%

Other

15.0%

Associate

11.3%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.3%
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$30,000
Min 10%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Dow Chemical Company
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does an Analytical Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Analytical Technician in the United States is $48,334 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $76,000.

Real Analytical Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Specialty Gas Analytical Technician Alexander Chemical Corp. Kingsbury, IN Sep 15, 2016 $64,917
Senior Analytical Technician Polyone Corporation Maryland Heights, MO Nov 21, 2014 $40,914 -
$57,720
Analytical Technician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Manat, PR Sep 17, 2010 $40,192
Analytical Technician Global Pharmatek, LLC Durham, NC Mar 17, 2014 $37,000

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Top Skills for An Analytical Technician

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Analytical Procedures
  3. Hplc
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Process test samples, manage backlogs, ensure safe operations of lab equipment and maintenance of lab equipment.
  • Performed analytical procedures and communicated to vendor regarding incorrect certification resulting in a potential savings of $13,000 per truck load.
  • Utilized, SPE, HPLC, GC/MS and spectroscopic techniques to support product development efforts.
  • Assisted peers in support of waste treatment GC water analyzers to maintain EPA/NYS compliance.
  • Create formulations for novel delivery systems to enhance active biological efficacy or improve upon current formulations to meet regulatory standards.

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Top 10 Best States for Analytical Technicians

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  3. Delaware
  4. Texas
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Alabama
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