Reports on Chemical Technology Education and the Technician Workforce
Equipping the 2015 Chemical Technology Workforce
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 350,000 technicians, analysts, and related chemical professionals are employed in the United States, and that number is projected to grow 3.1% through 2014. Technicians will be expected to be more flexible, adaptable, and autonomous than ever.
In an effort to help technicians meet the changes and challenges ahead, ACS launched the Equipping the 2015 Chemical Technology Workforce initiative to:
- Raise awareness of the changing needs regarding technician education and professional development
- Highlight opportunities for stakeholders within the chemistry enterprise to work collaboratively to meet those needs
- Provide mechanisms for increasing involvement of current and future technicians in the American Chemical Society from local to national levels
The box to the right contains summaries of presentations given at the fall 2006 ACS national meeting. The summaries highlight resources available from industry, academia, professional societies, and workforce organizations, as well as ways to leverage the resources to meet the needs of technicians of all degree and experience levels.
Critical Issues and Effective Practices
Read Critical Issues and Effective Practices of Chemistry-Based Laboratory Programs , a comprehensive report based on the 2004 ChemTechLinks conference and a national survey of chemical technology programs.
Equipping the 2015 Chemical Technology Workforce Summaries
- The Chemistry Enterprise: Do We Have a Future, or What?
- The Role and Expectations of Academia
- The Role and Expectations of Industry
- The Role and Expectations of Professional Societies
- Aligning Skills with Industry Expectations
- Understanding the Hiring Process
- Identifying Job Opportunities
- Identifying Opportunities for Continued Growth
- Strategies for Coordinating Career Development throughout the Enterprise
- Building and Nurturing Networks