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PHARMACEUTICAL AND LABORATORY CAREER INFORMATION

Pharmaceutical and Lab Scientist


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Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.

Sample of reported job titles: Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech), Laboratory Analyst (Lab Analyst), Research Technician, Analytical Lab Technician, Laboratory Tester (Lab Tester), Research and Development Technician, Analytical Technician, Chemical Technician, Environmental Lab Technician, Formulation Technician
Duties include:

  • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses.
  • Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.
  • Conduct chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials.
  • Provide and maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory or plant safety audits.
  • Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas.
  • Maintain, clean, or sterilize laboratory instruments or equipment.
  • Write technical reports or prepare graphs or charts to document experimental results.
  • Provide technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers.
Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies.

 

OUTLOOK & WAGE DATA

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings

2010

2020

Chemical Technicians

61,000

65,100

+7%

1,290

California

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings

2008

2018

Chemical Technicians

7,500

8,200

+9%

230

Wage Data:

Pay
Period

2010

10%

25%

Median

75%

90%

United States

Hourly

$12.51

$15.62

$20.21

$26.01

$32.07

Yearly

$26,000

$32,500

$42,000

$54,100

$66,700

California

Hourly

$12.96

$15.93

$20.57

$25.88

$33.27

Yearly

$27,000

$33,100

$42,800

$53,800

$69,200

Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.

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Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
Note: The data for the State Employment Trends and the National Employment Trends are not directly comparable. The projections period for state data is 2008-2018, while the projections period for national data is 2010-2020.

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