|Quick Facts: Chemical Technicians|
$48,990 per year
$23.56 per hour
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|4% (As fast as average)|
Chemical technicians conduct laboratory tests to help scientists analyze the properties of materials.
Chemical technicians often work in laboratories or in manufacturing facilities, such as chemical manufacturing plants. Most technicians work full time.
To enter the occupation, chemical technicians typically need an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary education. Some positions require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree; others require a high school diploma. Most chemical technicians receive on-the-job training.
The median annual wage for chemical technicians was $48,990 in May 2021.
Employment of chemical technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 7,800 openings for chemical technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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