Chemical technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in chemical engineering, chemical and biochemical research and analysis, industrial chemistry, chemical quality control and environmental protection. They are employed by research and development and quality control laboratories, consulting engineering companies, in chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and a variety of other manufacturing and processing industries, and by utilities, health, educational and government establishments.
- Performs a range of biochemical tests on various fluid samples such as blood or mucus;
- Determines the level of sugars or toxic chemicals in fluid samples;
- Collects and studies blood samples to determine the number of cells, blood type, cell morphology, or compatibility for transfusion purposes;
- Installs and maintains laboratory testing equipment such as high-speed centrifuges, electron microscopes, or spectrophotometers;
- Conducts basic water chemistry analyses of lakes and groundwater;
- Analyzes laboratory findings to ensure the accuracy of results;
- Conducts medical research under the direction of biochemists or microbiologists;
- Cultivates or isolates microbial organisms and performs various tests on them;
- Selects and prepares specimens for the growth of cell cultures;
- Operates, calibrates, and maintains equipment used in quantitative or qualitative analysis such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters and computer-controlled analyzers;
- Provides technical information about test results to physicians or researchers;
- Supervises, trains or directs the work of laboratory assistants or other medical laboratory workers;
- Develops, evaluates, or modifies techniques or tests employed in the analysis of specimens or medical laboratory experiments.
Three-year college program in chemical engineering technology