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Chemistry Technicians

ANZSCO ID 311411

Overview

All Science Technicians

  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Chemistry Technicians

  • 3,900 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 54% female Gender Share

Chemistry Technicians perform laboratory tests on organic and inorganic chemicals, analyse test data and carry 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.

Also known as: Chemistry Technical Officer.

Specialisations: Chemical Instrumentation Officer, Chemical Process Analyst, Chemistry Laboratory Technician, Dairy Laboratory Technician, Petroleum Laboratory Technician, Sugar Laboratory Assistant.

You need extensive experience, or a formal qualification in chemistry, laboratory skills, laboratory technology or another related field to work as a Chemistry Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • Prepares materials for experimentation, including freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals.
  • Collects information and samples.
  • Conducts field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses.
  • Presents results in graphic or written form by preparing maps charts, sketches, diagrams and reports.
  • Performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurement.
  • Controls the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage.
  • Checks, calibrates and maintains test equipment.
  • Participates in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met.

Prospects

Pathways

You need extensive experience, or a formal qualification in chemistry, laboratory skills, laboratory technology or another related field to work as a Chemistry Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Laboratory Operations, Food Processing and Australian Meat Processing VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Science Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Chemistry

    66% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  2. Mathematics

    49% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. English language

    43% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Computers and electronics

    40% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Education and training

    33% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  6. Production and processing

    32% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  7. Mechanical

    30% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  8. Physics

    29% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  9. Engineering and technology

    27% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  10. Public safety and security

    26% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  11. Customer and personal service

    26% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  12. Clerical

    18% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  13. Law and government

    16% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Food production

    16% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  15. Biology

    15% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    13% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Technical design

    13% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  18. Communications and media

    11% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Administration and management

    9% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  20. Sales and marketing

    5% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Science

    55% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  4. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  6. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Speaking

    48% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Judgment and decision making

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  9. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  10. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  11. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  12. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  13. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  14. Time management

    45% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  15. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  16. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  18. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Equipment maintenance

    39% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  20. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  6. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  9. Categorising

    54% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Written expression

    54% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  11. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  12. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  13. Colour discrimination

    45% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  14. Control precision

    45% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  15. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  16. Brainstorming

    43% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  17. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Manual dexterity

    41% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Collecting and organising information

    77% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  2. Checking compliance with standards

    74% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    73% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    71% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Controlling equipment or machines

    63% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  10. Building good relationships

    63% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  11. Documenting or recording information

    63% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  12. Assessing and evaluating things

    62% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  13. Checking for errors or defects

    58% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  14. Scheduling work and activities

    58% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  15. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    58% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    56% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Researching and investigating

    54% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Coming up with systems and processes

    51% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  19. Working with computers

    49% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Training and teaching others

    41% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4031.00 - Chemical Technicians.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    99% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    93% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    91% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Repeating same tasks

    89% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  6. Electronic mail

    89% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  7. Teamwork

    86% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Time pressure

    85% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  9. Dangerous conditions

    83% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  10. Spend time standing

    82% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  11. Contact with people

    82% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Pace of work set by equipment

    81% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  13. Consequence of error

    80% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  14. Exposure to contaminants

    79% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  15. Frequent decision making

    79% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Unstructured work

    78% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  17. Freedom to make decisions

    76% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  18. Health and safety of others

    75% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  19. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    75% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  20. Impact of decisions

    72% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    52% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    86% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    57% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4031.00 - Chemical Technicians.

All Science Technicians

  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Chemistry Technicians

  • 3,900 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 54% female Gender Share

Chemistry Technicians perform laboratory tests on organic and inorganic chemicals, analyse test data and carry 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.

Also known as: Chemistry Technical Officer.

Specialisations: Chemical Instrumentation Officer, Chemical Process Analyst, Chemistry Laboratory Technician, Dairy Laboratory Technician, Petroleum Laboratory Technician, Sugar Laboratory Assistant.

You need extensive experience, or a formal qualification in chemistry, laboratory skills, laboratory technology or another related field to work as a Chemistry Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • Prepares materials for experimentation, including freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals.
  • Collects information and samples.
  • Conducts field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses.
  • Presents results in graphic or written form by preparing maps charts, sketches, diagrams and reports.
  • Performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurement.
  • Controls the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage.
  • Checks, calibrates and maintains test equipment.
  • Participates in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met.

You need extensive experience, or a formal qualification in chemistry, laboratory skills, laboratory technology or another related field to work as a Chemistry Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Laboratory Operations, Food Processing and Australian Meat Processing VET training pathways.

Employers look for Science Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Chemistry

    66% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  2. Mathematics

    49% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. English language

    43% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Computers and electronics

    40% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Education and training

    33% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  6. Production and processing

    32% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  7. Mechanical

    30% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  8. Physics

    29% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  9. Engineering and technology

    27% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  10. Public safety and security

    26% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  11. Customer and personal service

    26% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  12. Clerical

    18% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  13. Law and government

    16% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Food production

    16% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  15. Biology

    15% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    13% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Technical design

    13% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  18. Communications and media

    11% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Administration and management

    9% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  20. Sales and marketing

    5% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Science

    55% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  4. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  6. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Speaking

    48% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Judgment and decision making

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  9. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  10. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  11. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  12. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  13. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  14. Time management

    45% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  15. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  16. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  17. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  18. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Equipment maintenance

    39% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  20. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  6. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  9. Categorising

    54% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Written expression

    54% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  11. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  12. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  13. Colour discrimination

    45% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  14. Control precision

    45% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  15. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  16. Brainstorming

    43% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  17. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Manual dexterity

    41% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Collecting and organising information

    77% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  2. Checking compliance with standards

    74% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    73% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    71% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Controlling equipment or machines

    63% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  10. Building good relationships

    63% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  11. Documenting or recording information

    63% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  12. Assessing and evaluating things

    62% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  13. Checking for errors or defects

    58% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  14. Scheduling work and activities

    58% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  15. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    58% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    56% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Researching and investigating

    54% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Coming up with systems and processes

    51% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  19. Working with computers

    49% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Training and teaching others

    41% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4031.00 - Chemical Technicians.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    99% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    93% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    91% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Repeating same tasks

    89% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  6. Electronic mail

    89% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  7. Teamwork

    86% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Time pressure

    85% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  9. Dangerous conditions

    83% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  10. Spend time standing

    82% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  11. Contact with people

    82% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Pace of work set by equipment

    81% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  13. Consequence of error

    80% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  14. Exposure to contaminants

    79% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  15. Frequent decision making

    79% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Unstructured work

    78% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  17. Freedom to make decisions

    76% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  18. Health and safety of others

    75% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  19. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    75% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  20. Impact of decisions

    72% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    52% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    86% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    57% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4031.00 - Chemical Technicians.
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