Chemical Technologist



OFO No: 311101




Other names for Chemical Technologist:

  • Chemical Instrumentation Officer
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician / Analyst
  • Chemical Manufacturing Technician
  • Chemical Process Analyst
  • Chemical Technician (Food)
  • Chemistry Technical Officer (Fuel, Gas, Leather)
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas 
  • Paint Maker

What is a Chemical Technologist?

A Chemical Technologist usually works in a laboratory. They support chemists and chemical engineers.

Areas that Chemical Technologists can work:

  • paint
  • plastics
  • textiles
  • detergents
  • cosmetics & perfumes
  • pharmaceuticals (medicines)
  • metals
  • fuels
  • paper
  • fertilisers etc

What does a Chemical Technologist do?

  • collects samples
  • performs tests in a laboratory
  • assists with chemical research
  • controls laboratory supplies and quantities
  • maintains instruments and equipment
  • prepares materials for experiments
  • keeps laboratory neat and tidy
  • follows strict safety regulations

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in chemistry?
  • observant?
  • safety conscious?
  • methodical?
  • detail orientated?
  • a team player?
  • a perfectionist?

How do I become a Chemical Technologist?

The best way to become a Chemical Technologist is to do a National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry.

This can be done at most universities of technology, for instance:

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg

Check with you local institution to see what they offer.


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Electrical Engineer or Environmental Engineer

Is becoming a Chemical Technologist the right choice for me?