Chemical technologists and technicians conduct laboratory tests, sampling programs, studies, and other activities in chemical engineering, chemical/biochemical research, industrial chemistry, chemical quality control, and environmental monitoring.
Geological and mineral technologists and technicians conduct or participate in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic/oceanographic surveys; prospecting field trips; exploratory well drilling; and they keep logs of wells and underground mine s
1. Chemical manufacturing - 14.0%
2. Architectural engineering and related services - 12.0%
3. Public administration - 8.0%
4. Food manufacturing - 7.0%
5. Educational services - 6.0%
6. Scientific research and development services - 6.0%
7. Oil and gas extraction - 5.0%
1. In general, you need a college or technical institute diploma. You may also need certification by a professional organization in your field, which is usually obtained after a two-year supervised work period.
2. To be a chemical technologist or technician, you usually need a college or technical school diploma in chemical, biochemical or chemical engineering technology or in a closely related field. National certification for chemical technologists/technicians is available through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology.
3. To be a geological and mineral technologist or technician, you usually need a college or technical institute diploma in geological, petroleum, mining, mining engineering, hydrogeology or ground water, mineralogy, metallurgical or welding technologies.
4. To be a geophysics technologist, you may need a college or technical institute diploma in geophysics, petroleum or electronics technology.
5. Many recent entrants have a community college diploma and almost 2 in 5 have a undergraduate university degree.
4. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Technical Occupations in Physical Sciences is $21.72/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.