Chemical technicians

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2019 Workforce
69.9k
Average Age
41.6
Estimated Job Growth
2.79%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$55,963
Average Male Salary
$59,228
Average Female Salary
$50,785

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Chemical technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals is the industry that employs the most Chemical technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Chemical technicians, by average wage, is Electric power generation, transmission & distribution. Chemical technicians are paid most in Brazoria County (Southwest)Lake Jackson City PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in Brazoria County (Southwest)Lake Jackson City PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$55,963
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,774

In 2019, Chemical technicians earned an average of $55,963, $439 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Farmers, ranchers, & other agricultural managers make somewhat more than Chemical technicians while Broadcast & sound engineering technicians & radio operators, & media & communication equipment workers, all other make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Chemical technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.275
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Chemical technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.275, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Chemical technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Chemical technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Chemical technicians

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Chemical technicians.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Chemical technicians, by number of employees, are Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals, Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing, and Soap, cleaning compound, & cosmetics manufacturing .

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Chemical technicians, by average wage, are Electric power generation, transmission & distribution, Petroleum refining, and Miscellaneous paper & pulp products.

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Industries by Share

69.9k
2019 Workforce
± 6,490
−0.392%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 13.2%

The number of people employed as Chemical technicians has been declining at a rate of −0.392%, from 70,192 people in 2018 to 69,917 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Chemical technicians employed by various industries. Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals employs the largest share of Chemical technicians at  25.2%, followed by Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing with 14.3% and Soap, cleaning compound, & cosmetics manufacturing  with 4.45%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Chemical technicians in the US. The average age of male Chemical technicians in the workforce is 42.9 and of female Chemical technicians is 39.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Chemical technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

42.9k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,083
27k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,036

61.3% of Chemical technicians are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Chemical technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Chemical technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

65% of Chemical technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.7% of Chemical technicians, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Chemical technicians.

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Age by Gender

42.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.66
39.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.93

The median age of Chemical technicians is 41.6, and Male employees are generally 3.41 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Chemical technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Chemical technicians is Biology but a relatively high number of Chemical technicians hold a major in Physical Sciences.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Chemical technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chemical technicians need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Science, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Chemical technicians need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Chemical Technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Chemical Technicians are expected to see a growth of 2.79% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

2.79%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Chemical Technicians. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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