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Employment
Science technicians hold about 270,800 jobs in the United States. As indicated by the following tabulation, chemical and biological technicians accounted for 54 percent of all jobs
:

Biological technicians

79,500

Chemical technicians

61,100

Environmental science and protection technicians, including health

35,000

Forest and conservation technicians

34,000

Agricultural and food science technicians

21,900

Forensic science technicians

12,800

Geological and petroleum technicians

15,000

Nuclear technicians

6,400

About 30 percent of biological technicians work in professional, scientific, or technical services firms; most other biological technicians work in educational services, Federal, State, and local governments, or pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing. Chemical technicians hold jobs in a wide range of manufacturing and service-providing industries. About 39 percent work in chemical manufacturing and another 30 percent work in professional, scientific, or technical services firms. Most environmental science and protection technicians work for State and local governments and professional, scientific, and technical services firms. About 76 percent of forest and conservation technicians hold jobs in the Federal Government, mostly in the Forest Service; another 17 percent work for State governments. Around 32 percent of agricultural and food science technicians work in educational services and 20 percent work for food processing companies; most of the rest are employed in agriculture. Forensic science technicians work primarily for State and local governments. Approximately 37 percent of all geological and petroleum technicians work for oil and gas extraction companies.

Note: Some resources in this section provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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