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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
    • Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.
    • Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas.
    • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses.
    • Train new employees on topics such as the proper operation of laboratory equipment.
    • Write technical reports or prepare graphs or charts to document experimental results.
    • Operate experimental pilot plants, assisting with experimental design.
    • Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies.
    • Direct or monitor other workers producing chemical products.
    • Design or fabricate experimental apparatus to develop new products or processes.
    • Develop new chemical engineering processes or production techniques.

    Skills

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Written Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

    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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 50830/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 24.44/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 3,350
    • Yearly Projected Openings 340

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    Personality

    Investigative: 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
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Laboratory vacuum pumps
    • Laboratory flasks
    • Laboratory balances
    • Gas burners
    • Fume hoods or cupboards

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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