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Chemical technicians usually work with chemists and chemical engineers to develop and use chemicals and related products and equipment. This occupation is part of the science technician sector, which is expected to see plenty of growth and high wages during the near future.
Chemical technicians are generally separated into two groups: research technicians, who work in experimental labs, and process control technicians, who work in manufacturing or industrial plants.
Most employers require science technicians to have some post-secondary training, which may include an associate degree or certificate in applied science or science-related technology. Research technicians are generally required to have a bachelor’s degree, but process control technicians can usually get a job with a two-year degree.
There were 270,800 science technicians across America during 2008, with 66,100 of those positions held by chemical technicians, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
However, employment of chemical technicians throughout Arizona is expected to increase
During 2007, the average wage for chemical technicians in Arizona was $21.11 per hour, while the average entry-level wage was $13.42 per hour and the average experienced-level wage was $24.96 per hour, according to the Arizona Workforce Informer
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