Chemistry Technician

Also known as Chemistry Technical Officer.
Performs laboratory tests on organic and inorganic chemicals, analyses test data and carries out technical functions in support of Chemists or Chemical Engineers in a wide variety of areas such as fuels, agricultural products, food, pharmaceuticals, paints, metals, plastics, textiles, detergents, paper, fertilisers and cosmetics.
Training time 10 months - 2 years
Average pay $57,666
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 1,500

What does a Chemistry Technician do?

  • preparing materials for experimentation such as freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals
  • collecting information and samples
  • conducting field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
  • presenting results in graphic and written form by preparing maps, charts, sketches, diagrams and reports
  • performing routine mathematical calculations, and computations of measurements
  • controlling the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage
  • checking, calibrating and maintaining test equipment
  • participating in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met

Specialisations

  • Chemical Instrumentation Officer
  • Chemical Process Analyst
  • Chemistry Laboratory Technician
  • Dairy Laboratory Technician
  • Petroleum Laboratory Technician
  • Sugar Laboratory Assistant

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