Chemical Manufacturing

OJT for Chemical Manufacturing: NAICS 325

The Chemical Manufacturing subsector is part of the Manufacturing sector.

The Chemical Manufacturing subsector includes the following industries:

  • Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial and Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
  • Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
  • Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
  • Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
  • Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing

Subsector Context

The following chart breaks down the parent sector into its subsectors. It shows the percentage of people that these subsectors employ, relative to the entire sector, and the projected growth of these subsectors through 2026.

Largest Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in size, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-sized occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Largest Occupations in Subsector, Projected for 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 58.1 7.6 -5.8 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 49.0 6.4 -6.8 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 46.9 6.2 -4.4 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers 31.5 4.1 -5.8 High school diploma or equivalent None
Chemists 30.6 4.0 3.5 Bachelor’s degree None
Chemical plant and system operators 26.4 3.5 -10.5 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 22.4 2.9 -10.7 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Chemical technicians 20.1 2.6 -5.3 Associate’s degree Moderate-term on-the-job training
Industrial machinery mechanics 18.8 2.5 3.1 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training
Maintenance and repair workers, general 18.6 2.4 -5.7 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training

Growth Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in growth, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-growth occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Highest Growth Occupations in Subsector, Projected thru 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Statisticians 1.0 0.1 17.0 Master’s degree None
Operations research analysts 0.6 0.1 10.7 Bachelor’s degree None
Lawyers 1.1 0.1 8.8 Doctoral or professional degree None
Paralegals and legal assistants 0.3 0.0 7.4 Associate’s degree None
Industrial engineers 13.6 1.8 6.9 Bachelor’s degree None
Financial managers 4.5 0.6 4.9 Bachelor’s degree None
Chemical engineers 12.6 1.6 4.5 Bachelor’s degree None
Chemists 30.6 4.0 3.5 Bachelor’s degree None
Software developers, applications 2.3 0.3 3.5 Bachelor’s degree None
Industrial machinery mechanics 18.8 2.5 3.1 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training

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