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Chemical Technicians - 19-4031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

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

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Chemical Engineering Assistant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Chemical Laboratory Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Warrant Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Emergency Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Emergency Management Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Petroleum Laboratory Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Petroleum Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Chemical Engineering Technician
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician
  • Chemistry Quality Control Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Laboratory Tester

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Assayer
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician
  • Chemical-Engineering Technician
  • Cloth Tester
  • Dye-Lab Technician
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Laboratory Tester
  • Perfumer