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12/04/07
Chemical Technicians 3.
Filed under: Mature professionals, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 10:35 am

What does the ACS provide its members
who are thinking of being a chemical
technician,  who are chemical technicians
or who supervise / manage technicians?

There are “oodles” of links to useful
surveys with information on what we do,
what are the mean compensation amounts,
what companies expect from us, and BLS
(bureau of labor statistics) projections.

I consulted a terrific resource at the ACS,
Dr. Blake Aronson, who astutely pointed
out the following resources (These did not
copy well..it is a bummer when it works the
first time and doesn’t on subsequent tries!) :

“What a chemical technician should consider…”

She cited O*NET, which is a relatively user-friendly interface for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
	
For ACS defined laboratory technicians, data is combined from the following SOC’s (standard  occupationalclassification)
	
- 19-4031 (chemical technicians)
	
- 19-4041 (petroleum technicians)
	
- 19-4091 (environmental technicians)
	
- 19-4092 (forensic technicians)
	
For process technicians:
	
- 51-8031 (water/liquid waste operators)
	
- 51-8091 (chemical plant operators)
	
- 51-8093 (petroleum operators)
	
- 51-9011 (chemical equipment operators)
	
For chemists and similar researchers:
	
- 19-2031 (chemists)
	
- 19-2032 (materials scientists)
	
- 19-1021 (biochemists)
	
- 17-2041 (chemical engineers)
	
Once you know what occupations you want statistics on, getting moreinformation is pretty simple.
	
BLS provides: 
	
- an overview of science technicians,http://www.bls.gov/oco.ocos115.htm
	
- an overview of a given industry,http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg.home.htm
	
- an overview of the statistics for a given occupation,http://www.bls.gov/bls.blswage.htm- employment projections for a given occupation.http://data.bls.gov/oep/serlet.oep.noeted.serlet.ActionServlet?Action=empeduc

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