Career Path Forecast
Job growth for
chemical technicians is projected to decline by 1 percent from 2008 to
2018, signifying little or no change.
The chemical manufacturing
industry, except pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, is
anticipated to experience a decline in overall employment as companies
downsize and turn to outside contractors and overseas production.
However, there will still be a need for chemical technicians,
particularly in pharmaceutical research.
In addition to job openings
created by growth, many openings should arise from the need to replace
technicians who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons. Job
opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science
technology programs who are well trained on equipment used in
laboratories or production facilities. As the instrumentation and
techniques used in industrial research, development, and production
become increasingly more complex, employers will seek individuals with
highly developed technical skills.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.