3111-Chemical and Physical Science Technicians

Job Title: 

Chemical and Physical Science Technicians

Job Description: 

Chemical and physical science technicians perform technical tasks to aid in research in chemistry, physics, geology, geophysics, meteorology and astronomy, and in the development of industrial, medical, military and other practical applications of research results.


Carrying out routine laboratory tests and performing a variety of technical support functions to assist chemical and physical scientists in research, development, analysis and testing

Linked Education ( CESM Codes ) : 

1401 - Physical Sciences, General
1404 - Chemistry
1403 - Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology

Specific Occupations: 

311101 - Chemistry Technician
Description : Performs laboratory tests on organic and inorganic chemicals, analyses test data and carries out technical functions in support of chemists or chemical engineers and technologists in a wide variety of areas such as fuels, pharmaceuticals, paints, metals, plastics, textiles, detergents, paper, fertilisers and cosmetics.
Green Occupation : Yes
Green Skill : NoTrade : No
Specializations : Chemical Instrumentation Officer, Chemical Laboratory Technician / Analyst, Chemical Manufacturing Technician, Chemical Process Analyst, Chemical Technician (Food, Fuel, Gas, Paint, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Leather), Chemistry Technical Officer, Paint Maker, Petroleum Products Laboratory Technician, Petroleum Refinery Laboratory Technician, Biofuels Processing Technicians

311102 - Physical Science Technician
Description : Performs tests and experiments, and provide technical support functions to assist with research, design, production and teaching in physical sciences.
Green Occupation : Yes
Green Skill : NoTrade : No
Specializations : Astronomy Technician, Geology Technician, Meteorology Technician, Physical Sciences Laboratory Technician, Physical Sciences Research Technician (University), Physical Sciences Workshop Technician, Physics Technician, Product Quality Laboratory Technician, Seismology Technical Officer

International Careers(ISCO): 
Source Of Info: 

Source : Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO) 2013, Department of Higher Education and Training, Republic of South Africa