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Chemical technicians run laboratory tests to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, and test chemical products and processes.
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Job Titles & Career Info
Why choose an Chemistry
- Contribute to research & development that can improve people’s lives
- Use sophisticated testing techniques, such as:
- Physical or chemical separation techniques
- Work as part of a team led by chemists & chemical engineers who manage projects & evaluate the work of team contributors
- Help develop more efficient production processes for manufacturing
- Be able to choose a specialization, for example:
- Analytical Chemistry
- General chemistry
- Organic or inorganic chemistry
- Physical chemistry
Prepare for what you will do at work
- Think critically about different ways to solve problems
- Analyze chemicals & other substances
- Conduct chemical & physical experiments; interpret & document the results
- Handle chemicals & dispose of them safely
- Maintain laboratory equipment & instruments
Marketable skills you will learn
- Critical thinking
- Personal & social responsibility
- Computer literacy
Before you enroll, think about:
- You will use both science & math in your work.
- You will likely work in laboratories where you must follow proper procedures to avoid exposure to potentially harmful chemicals
- Most chemical technicians work full time and may need to work extra hours occasionally, depending on experiment requirements or deadlines.
- Personality traits important to chemical technicians include:
- Attention to detail
- After earning your A.S. in Chemistry, you will have the first 2 years of the college curriculum you need to transfer to a university and complete a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
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Degrees & Certificates
|NE Northeast Campus||SE Southeast Campus|
|NW Northwest Campus||TR Trinity River Campus|
|SO South Campus||CN TCC Connect Campus|
How Much Time & Money to Finish?
|Degree or Certificate||Program Title||Hours||Total Tuition & Fees|
|AS||Associate of Science in Chemistry||60||$3,840|
- Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
- Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.
Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.
Earn More Choices & More Money
Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.
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Physical Sciences Chair
Shelli Hull, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
John Coniglio, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Trinity River Campus
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Updated September 07, 2021