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Chemical Technicians

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.   (O'Net 19-4031.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Analysis Tester, Analytical Laboratory Technician (Analytical Lab 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, 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 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, Organic Preparation Analyst (Organic Prep Analyst), Organic Preparation Technician, Paint Formulator, Paint Laboratory Technician, Paint Technician, Paint Tester, 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
 
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    Wages
    for Chemical Technicians
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 16.58   $ 19.04   $ 24.97   $ 28.38   $ 30.52   $ 24.24  
    Yearly $34,490   $39,610   $51,940   $59,040   $63,470   $50,420  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 17.52   $ 21.21   $ 25.65   $ 28.47   $ 30.16   $ 24.82  
    Yearly $36,440   $44,120   $53,340   $59,220   $62,740   $51,620  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 105 114 0.8% 4
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Chemical Technicians
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Chemical manufacturing 30.0%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 23.2%
    Scientific research and development services 10.5%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 5.1%
    Administrative and support services 3.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Chemical Technicians
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  • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
     
  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Provide and maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory or plant safety audits.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Provide technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers.
     
  • Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Knowledge
    for Chemical Technicians
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  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Skills
    for Chemical Technicians
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  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Work Activities
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Interests
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Technicians  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Chemical Technicians
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Chemical Technicians
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Chemical Process Technology. (NEW)
     
    • Chemical Technology/Technician.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Chemical Technicians 
     

     
     
     
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