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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior IVF Laboratory Technician||Integramed America, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Nov 19, 2015||$100,000|
|Senior IVF Laboratory Technician||Integramed America||San Ramon, CA||Apr 22, 2016||$100,000|
|SR. Lab Technician||Sinclair Services Company||Sinclair, WY||Sep 08, 2015||$66,165|
|Senior Laboratory Technician||Medical Neurogenetics, LLC||Atlanta, GA||Mar 01, 2010||$60,000|
|Senior College Laboratory Technician||The City College of New York||New York, NY||Jan 01, 2015||$57,581|
|Senior Lab Technologist||Algenol Biofuels, Inc.||Fort Myers, FL||Dec 15, 2010||$56,000|
|Senior College Laboratory Technician||The City University of New York (City College)||New York, NY||Jan 01, 2012||$54,608 -
|Senior College Laboratory Technician||The City University of New York (City College)||New York, NY||May 01, 2011||$53,122 -
|Senior Lab Technician||Temple University--A Commonwealth University||Philadelphia, PA||Apr 25, 2016||$48,942|
|Senior Lab Technician/Lab Manager||University of Utah||Salt Lake City, UT||May 16, 2016||$45,074|
|Senior Lab Technician||Temple University--A Commonwealth University||Philadelphia, PA||Oct 01, 2009||$43,172|
|Senior Lab Technician (Physiology)||Temple University--A Commonwealth University||Philadelphia, PA||Jan 18, 2010||$43,172|
|Senior Lab Technician (Physiology)||Temple University--A Commonwealth University||Philadelphia, PA||Jan 15, 2010||$43,172|
|Senior Laboratory Technician/Chemist||Hazen Research, Inc.||Golden, CO||Sep 04, 2013||$41,928|
|Lab/Research Technician SR||The University of Vermont||Burlington, VT||Dec 07, 2014||$41,740|
|Laboratory/Research Technician, Senior||The University of Vermont||Burlington, VT||Apr 28, 2014||$40,409|
|Senior Laboratory Technician||Donald Danforth Plant Science Center||Saint Louis, MO||Feb 20, 2012||$40,000|
|Research Technician Senior||University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||Jun 16, 2016||$38,495|
|Senior Laboratory Technician||Donald Danforth Plant Science Center||Saint Louis, MO||Jan 09, 2012||$38,000|
|Research Technologist, SR.||University of Louisville||Louisville, KY||Oct 01, 2015||$37,740|
|Senior Laboratory Technician||Health Research, Inc.||Albany, NY||Feb 01, 2010||$37,127|
|Research Technician Senior||University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||Jun 16, 2013||$37,000|
|Research Technologist SR.||University of Louisville||Louisville, KY||Mar 17, 2011||$36,700|
|Senior Laboratory Technician||Unimin Corporation||Brentwood, TN||Sep 22, 2011||$36,100 -
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