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Chemical Technicians

Also called: Chemical Analyst, Chemical Technician, Laboratory Analyst (Lab Analyst), Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech)

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Petroleum Laboratory Specialist; Petroleum Technician

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
  • Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • chemistry
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$43,310
per year, on average
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