Sample Career Pathway
Chemical Technology Occupations
- Quality Assurance Technician: Identify contaminants leading to the failure of a manufactured product.
- Environmental Technician: Collect samples from natural sources and analyze for harmful contaminants such as heavy metals and other toxins and carcinogens.
- Pharmaceutical Technician: Assist chemists in the synthesis and formulation of drugs and drug candidates.
- Polymer Laboratory Technician: Synthesize polymers and/or explore methods for the formation of new polymers with novel performance characteristics. Utilize chemical analysis to quantify their properties.
- Toxicological Laboratory Technician: Perform instrumental analysis of biological specimens in search of illicit drugs, alcohol, and/or toxins in cases of parole, arrest, and possibly death.
- Biofuels Production Technician: Perform the synthesis and quality testing of common renewable fuels such as biodiesel, ethanol, and biogas.
- Water Management Technician: Monitor the quality of water flowing in and out of a Waste Water Treatment Plant in order to maintain the integrity of the water system.
The majority of graduates start at the $30-35,000 range.
As chemical technicians become more specialized in certain fields, fewer are classified as such. As shown in the data below, the job forecast is holding steady for chemical technicians.
Projected Employment Increase by 2018
- Agricultural and food science technicians +9%
- Biological technicians +18%
- Environmental science and protection technicians, including health +29%
- Forensic science technicians +20%
- Forest and conservation technicians +9%
- Nuclear technicians +9%
- Science technicians +12%
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition