Chemical Technician

Chemical Tech

A chemical technician is a person who works in a laboratory setting and performs a variety of tasks
Chemical Tech
Do you love microscopes and mixing chemicals?
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Work in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, food processing, and manufacturing

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Analytical Laboratory Technician (Analytical Lab Technician), Chemical Analyst, Chemical Technician, Laboratory Analyst (Lab Analyst), Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech), Laboratory Tester (Lab Tester), Organic Preparation Analyst (Organic Prep Analyst), Quality Control Laboratory Technician (QC Lab Tech), Quality Control Technician (QC Tech), Research Technician
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Analytical Laboratory Technician (Analytical Lab Technician), Chemical Analyst, Chemical Technician, Laboratory Analyst (Lab Analyst), Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech), Laboratory Tester (Lab Tester), Organic Preparation Analyst (Organic Prep Analyst), Quality Control Laboratory Technician (QC Lab Tech), Quality Control Technician (QC Tech), Research Technician
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Your Typical Day:

  • Conduct chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials.
  • Maintain, clean, or sterilize laboratory instruments or equipment.
  • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
  • Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.
  • Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas.
  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses.
  • Provide and maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory or plant safety audits.
  • Provide technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers.
  • Develop or conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates, or products.
  • Train new employees on topics such as the proper operation of laboratory equipment.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
  • Clean objects.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
  • Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment.
  • Interpret research or operational data.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Manage scientific or technical project resources.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • 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. 70/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 63/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 60/100

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 53/100

  • Administrative

Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology. 49/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 49/100

  • 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. 42/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 35/100

  • 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. 35/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 30/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Laboratory vacuum pumps
  • Laboratory balances
  • Fume hoods or cupboards
  • Laboratory flasks
  • Gas burners
  • Vacuum gauges
  • Fractionation apparatus
  • Calorimeters
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
  • Laboratory mixers
  • Manometers
  • Barometers
  • Titration equipment
  • Viscosimeters
  • Bench refractometers or polarimeters
  • Pipette washers
  • Pressure indicators
  • Handheld thermometer
  • Laboratory clamps
  • Protective gloves
  • Vacuum or rotary evaporators
  • Laboratory heat exchange condensers
  • Heating or drying equipment or accessories
  • Lasers
  • Laboratory general purpose tubing
  • Infrared spectrometers
  • Spectrophotometer accessories
  • Laboratory funnels
  • Remote reading thermometers
  • Volumetric pipettes
  • Drying cabinets or ovens
  • Laboratory staining dishes or jars
  • Eyewashers or eye wash stations
  • Chromatography tubing
  • Chromatography syringes
  • Glass crucibles
  • Optical beamsplitters
  • Liquid scintillation counters
  • Decontamination shower
  • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
  • Flowmeters
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
  • Laboratory box furnaces
  • Laboratory mills
  • Chromatographic detectors
  • Photometer
  • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers
  • Respirators
  • Geiger counters
  • Peristaltic pumps
  • Ceramic crucibles
  • Manostats
  • Pestle or mortars
  • Facial shields
  • Air or gas tanks or cylinders
  • Laboratory dishes
  • Gas masks
  • Laboratory sprayers
  • Laboratory cork borers
  • pH meters
  • Gas chromatographs
  • Gas detectors
  • Thin layer chromatography tanks
  • Cuvettes
  • Flame ionization analyzers
  • Vacuum desiccators
  • Syringe pumps
  • Pyrometers
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Programmable tube furnaces
  • Ion chromatographs
  • Goggles
  • Thermal conductivity analyzers
  • Polarimeters
  • Ion analyzers
  • Heating mantles or tapes
  • Laboratory crushers or pulverizers
  • Liquid chromatographs
  • Mercury vapor lamp HID
  • Bi metallic sensors
  • Laboratory hotplates
  • Filtering machinery
  • Water baths
  • Thinlayer chromatographs
  • Magnetic stirrers
  • Laboratory glass tube
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
  • Laboratory presses
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography
  • Freezedryers or lyophilzers
  • High pressure sodium lamp HID
  • Voltage or current meters
  • Refrigerated cooling modules
  • Scientific calculator
  • Laboratory burets
  • Gravimeters
  • Multi gas monitors
  • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
  • Photoelectric sensors
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
  • Pasteur or transfer pipettes
  • Hazardous material protective apparel
  • Air velocity and temperature monitors
  • Tensiometers
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Refrigerated baths
  • Multimeters
  • Electronic toploading balances
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Ammeters
  • Dissolved oxygen meters
  • Polarizers
  • Prisms
  • Rheometers
  • Comparators
  • Safety glasses
  • Hot air blowers
  • Triple beam balances
  • Mainframe computers
  • Laboratory centrifugal pumps
  • Rotameters
  • Coulometers
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Infrared lamps
  • Laboratory tongs
  • Homogenizers
  • Pull spring balances
  • Hydrometers
  • Metering pumps
  • Organic carbon analyzers
  • Immersion heaters
  • Monochromators
  • Thermocouples
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Pycnometers
  • Turbidimeters
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps
  • Desktop computers
  • Ultracentrifuges
  • Personal computers
  • Radiation detectors
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