A chemical laboratory technician holds a general scientific position whose tasks vary greatly by organization type; this position is typically found at organizations that conduct scientific research or testing. Chemical laboratory technicians typically are responsible for the day-to-day operations performed by the company. They may perform chemical tests on products and compounds, analyze compounds and chemicals for a variety of qualities and concentrations of substances, and maintain quality across all products. In addition to these tasks, most chemical laboratory technician must perform a variety of housekeeping tasks for their laboratory, ensuring that all facilities and instruments are clean and that any hazardous substances have been removed from the premises.
While some companies may accept an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biology is preferred for chemical laboratory technicians. In addition, the applicant should have at least one year of prior experience in a laboratory and have a thorough understanding of the types of scientific processes and tests that the company uses in its day-to-day operations. Many chemical laboratory technician positions also require a good understanding of statistical methods and research methods. These technicians must also have excellent attention to detail, flexibility in work schedule, and the ability to follow instructions thoroughly.
Chemical Laboratory Technician Tasks
- Contribute to upkeep of lab equipment and materials.
- Create and effectively manage documentation related to research.
- Perform lab-based chemical tests.