Chemical technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Assist in the design and fabrication of experimental apparatus.
Chemical technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Assist in setting up and conducting chemical experiments, tests and analyses
B. Operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus and prepare solutions of gas and liquid, reagents and sample formulations
C. Compile records for analytical studies
D. Assist in developing and conducting programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards
E. Carry out a limited range of other technical functions in support of chemical research, tests and analyses, and environmental air and water quality monitoring and protection
F. Assist in the design and fabrication of experimental apparatus.
G. Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests and analyses using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical and chemical separation techniques and microscopy
H. Operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus and prepare solutions of gas or liquid, reagents, and sample formulations
I. Compile records and interpret experimental or analytical results
J. Develop and conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates and products
K. Assist in the development of chemical engineering processes, studies of chemical engineering procurement, construction, inspection and maintenance and the development of standards, procedures and health and safety measures
L. Operate experimental chemical or petrochemical pilot plants
M. Conduct or assist in air and water quality testing and assessments, environmental monitoring and protection activities, and development of and compliance with standards
N. Assist in synthesis of small molecules for the purpose of creating drug candidates.
1. Chemical manufacturing - 20.0%
2. Architectural engineering and related services - 9.0%
3. Food manufacturing - 9.0%
4. Public administration - 8.0%
5. Scientific research and development services - 8.0%
6. Educational services - 7.0%
1. To be a chemical technologist, you usually need a two- to three-year college diploma.
2. To be a chemical technician, you usually need a one- to two-year program in chemical, biochemical or chemical engineering technology, or in a closely related field.
3. You often need certification by a professional organization in your field, which is usually obtained after a two-year supervised work period.
4. You may obtain national certification for chemical technologists/technicians through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology.
5. In Quebec, you must be a member in l'Ordre des technologues professionnels to use the title of Professional Technologist.
6. There is considerable mobility among jobs within this occupational group and with experience, you may move up the ranks to be come a manager.
3. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Chemical Technologists and Technicians is $21.05/HR, which is below 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 above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.