Chemical/Environmental Laboratory Technology Associate Degree
The chemical laboratory technician plays an integral role in the testing, research and development of thousands of products ... from plastics to electrical power, from food to pharmaceuticals. Advances in laboratory instrumentation and procedures continue to expand the chemical technician's role in virtually every industry. You'll find them at the heart of laboratories in petrochemical plants, environmental operations, semiconductor manufacturing factories, water purification facilities, cosmetics manufacturers and many more.
Chemical technicians work with chemists and engineers to set up, operate and maintain lab instruments, monitor experiments, calculate and document results using the principles and theories of science and chemistry to help invent and improve products and processes.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a bright future for science and chemical technicians, noting in a recent "Occupational Outlook Handbook" that, "Many employers prefer applicants who have at least two years of specialized training or an associate degree in applied science or science-related technology."