work with chemists and chemical engineers, developing and using
chemicals and related products and equipment. Generally, there are two
types of chemical technicians: research technicians who work in
experimental laboratories and process control technicians who work in
manufacturing or other industrial plants. Many chemical technicians
working in research and development conduct a variety of laboratory
procedures, from routine process control to complex research projects.
For example, they may collect and analyze samples of air and water to
monitor pollution levels, or they may produce compounds through complex
organic synthesis. Most process technicians work in manufacturing,
testing packaging for design, integrity of materials, and environmental
acceptability. Often, process technicians who work in plants focus on
quality assurance, monitoring product quality or production processes
and developing new production techniques. A few work in shipping to
provide technical support and expertise.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.