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19-4031.00 - Chemical Technicians

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Chemical Analyst, Chemical Technician, Formulation Technician, Laboratory Analyst (Lab Analyst), Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech), Laboratory Tester (Lab Tester), Organic Preparation Analyst (Organic Prep Analyst), Quality Control Technician (QC Technician), Research Technician, Water Quality Technician

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Tasks

  • Conduct chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain, clean, or sterilize laboratory instruments or equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide and maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory or plant safety audits. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train new employees on topics such as the proper operation of laboratory equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates, or products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write technical reports or prepare graphs or charts to document experimental results. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct or monitor other workers producing chemical products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design or fabricate experimental apparatus to develop new products or processes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate experimental pilot plants, assisting with experimental design. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop new chemical engineering processes or production techniques. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air or gas tanks or cylinders — Lecture bottles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air velocity and temperature monitors — Velometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers — Atomic absorption AA spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Barometers — Aneroid barometers; Mercury barometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench refractometers or polarimeters — Abbe refractometers; Differential refractometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bi metallic sensors — Bimetallic strip thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calorimeters — Bomb calorimeters; Differential scanning calorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ceramic crucibles — Gooch crucibles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chromatographic detectors — Ultraviolet UV light detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chromatography syringes — Chromatography microsyringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chromatography tubing — Photomultiplier tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Comparators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coulometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cuvettes — Plastic cuvettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Decontamination shower — Safety showers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dissolved oxygen meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Laboratory drying ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic toploading balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eyewashers or eye wash stations — Eyewash fountains See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filtering machinery — Filter pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flame ionization analyzers — Flame ionization detectors FID See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Bubble flow meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fractionation apparatus — Bubble-cap fractionating columns; Molecular stills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Freezedryers or lyophilzers — Lyophilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fume hoods or cupboards — Exhaust hoods; Explosion-proof fume hoods; Perchloric acid hoods; Radioisotope fume hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas burners — Bunsen burners; Laminar flow burners; Meker burners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatography equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas detectors — Gas leak detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas masks — Canister gas masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Geiger counters — Geiger-Muller counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glass crucibles — Glass laboratory crucibles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gravimeters — Gravitational field indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Beckmann thermometers; Digital handheld thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Hazardous material protective clothing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heating mantles or tapes — Heating mantles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heating or drying equipment or accessories — Dessicators; Steam baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography — High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High pressure sodium lamp HID — High pressure sodium lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Homogenizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hot air blowers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Immersion heaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers — Atomic emissions spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transfer infrared FTIR spectrometers; Infrared IR spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ion analyzers — Photo detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ion chromatographs — Ion exchange chromatography equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances — Single-pan balances; Torsion balances; Unequal-arm balances; Westphal balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers — Laboratory blenders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory box furnaces — Muffle furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory burets — Glass burets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory centrifugal pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory clamps — Test tube clamps; Utility clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory cork borers — Cork borer sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory crushers or pulverizers — Sample crushers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory dishes — Evaporating dishes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory flasks — Claisen flasks; Reaction flasks; Vacuum flask traps; Volumetric flasks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory funnels — Buchner funnels; Hirsch funnels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory general purpose tubing — Capillary tubing; Gas drying tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory glass tube — Glass tubing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory heat exchange condensers — Distilling condensers; Reflux condensers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory hotplates — Laboratory heating plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Gravity convection ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mills — Ball mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mixers — Agitation tanks; Magnetic agitators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory presses — Laboratory pressing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory sprayers — Nebulizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory staining dishes or jars — Bell jars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps — Computer-controlled pumps; Diffusion pumps; Volume displacement pumps; Water aspirators (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers — Dye lasers; Ruby lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid chromatographs — Liquid chromatography equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid scintillation counters — Fluid scintillation counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stirrers — Magnetic stirring bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mainframe computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manometers — Closed-end manometers; U-tube manometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manostats — Cartesian manostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mass spectrometers — Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry LC/MS equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mercury vapor lamp HID — Mercury vapor lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metering pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Monochromators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Vapor monitor badges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers — Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Optical beamsplitters — Optical beamsplitting devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Organic carbon analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pasteur or transfer pipettes — Transfer pipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Peristaltic pumps — Liquid transfer pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pestle or mortars — Mortars and pestles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters — pH indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photoelectric sensors — Photocells See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photometers — Flame photometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipette washers — Automatic buret cleaners; Automatic pipette cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Polarimeters — Automated polarimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Polarizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Bourdon gauges; Pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Prisms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Programmable tube furnaces — Graphite furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Asbestos gloves; Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pull spring balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pycnometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pyrometers — Optical pyrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radiation detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Refrigerated baths — Cooling baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Refrigerated cooling modules — Refrigerated coolers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Remote reading thermometers — Liquid-filled remote thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Dust and particulate respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rheometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems — Automatic burets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rotameters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scientific calculator — Graphing calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — Fluorimeters; Ultraviolet UV spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometer accessories — Deuterium lamps; Hollow cathode lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Syringe pumps — Finger pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tensiometers — Tension gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermal conductivity analyzers — Thermal conductivity detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermocouples See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thin layer chromatography tanks — Chromatography developing tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thinlayer chromatographs — Thinlayer chromatography analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Titration equipment — Autotitrators; Titrators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Triple beam balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turbidimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultracentrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum desiccators — Drying pistols See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum gauges — Ionization gauges; McLeod gauges; Pirani gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum or rotary evaporators — Evaporator rotators; Rotary evaporators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Viscosimeters — Automated microviscometers; Viscosity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Volumetric pipettes — Volumetric glass pipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water baths — Constant temperature water baths See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Laboratory information management system LIMS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Evaluate quality of materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpret research or operational data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze chemical compounds or substances. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean objects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate laboratory or field equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop new or advanced products or production methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Manage scientific or technical project resources. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 98% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 69% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 53% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 60% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 44% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 52% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 62% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 56% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 13% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 41% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 70% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 44% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 41% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 29% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 54% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 35% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 37% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 33% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 32% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 43% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
50   Associate's degree
26   Bachelor's degree
22   High school diploma or equivalent Help

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Chemistry — Chemical Technology/Technician
Life Sciences — Food Science and Technology

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IRC

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $21.24 hourly, $44,180 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 64,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 21,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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