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Chemical technologists

OaSIS code 22100.01

Chemical technologists 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.


Also known as

  • Biochemistry technologist
  • Chemical technologist
  • Food technologist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests and analyses using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical and chemical separation techniques and microscopy
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus and prepare solutions of gas or liquid, reagents, and sample formulations
  • Compile records and interpret experimental or analytical results
  • Develop and conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates and products
  • Assist in the development of chemical engineering processes, studies of chemical engineering procurement, construction, inspection and maintenance and the development of standards, procedures and health and safety measures
  • Operate experimental chemical or petrochemical pilot plants
  • Conduct or assist in air and water quality testing and assessments, environmental monitoring and protection activities, and development of and compliance with standards
  • Assist in synthesis of small molecules for the purpose of creating drug candidates
  • Assist in the design and fabrication of experimental apparatus.

Additional information

  • Considerable mobility is possible among jobs within this occupational group.
  • Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.
  • Some chemical technologists and technicians working in support of fundamental research in chemistry or biochemistry are university graduates.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Medical laboratory biochemistry technologist (in 32120.00 Medical laboratory technologists)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

221 – Technical occupations related to natural sciences

Minor group

2210 – Technical occupations in physical sciences

Unit group

22100 – Chemical technologists and technicians

Occupational profile

22100.01 – Chemical technologists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
4 - High Level
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
4 - High Level
Processing Information
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

3 - About half the time
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
4 - Highly important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


  • Chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical companies
  • Consulting engineering companies
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Processing industries
  • Quality control laboratories
  • Research and development laboratories
  • Utilities, health, education and government establishments

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
4 - High Level
Categorization Flexibility
4 - High Level
Deductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Fluency of Ideas
4 - High Level
Inductive Reasoning
4 - High Level


Proficiency or complexity level
Equipment and Tool Selection
5 - Highest Level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level
4 - High Level
4 - High Level
Operation and Control
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Active Learning
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important