Analyzer Technology

Analyzer technicians control or operate entire chemical processes or systems of machines.  Analyzer technicians calibrate, install, repair and perform general maintenance on some of the most sophisticated analyzers in the world. They must also maintain the sample systems, order and stock certified sample gases for the calibration process. The data collected is extremely valuable to operations to know that the process is operating at the highest and purest level with no environmental issues. In the past, most analyzers were calibrated and maintained by the instrumentation department. As the field of analyzers has grown and become so much more sophisticated, a two-year degree from a college is recommended with a certificate in instrumentation or analyzer technology.

(Source: East Harris County Manufacturing Association)

Description 2013 Jobs 2016 Jobs
Median Pay
Low Pay
High Pay
Nuclear Technician 107 129 $38.04 $20.30 $67.80
Power Distributors 233 267 $34.13 $21.84 $50.94
Power Dispatchers 233 267 $33.73 $21.67 $50.36
Power Plant Operators 1,193 1,353 $33.80 $25.30 $42.25
Chemical Plant Operators 6,241 6,039 $31.71 $21.62 $41.15
System Operators 6,241 6,039 $32.08 $21.91 $41.50

*Jobs for recently announced petrochemical projects not yet included.
Source: QCEW (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages) Employees, Non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed & Extended Proprietors – EMSI 2013.4 Class of Worker BETA. Job and wage information drawn from counties touching a 100-mile radius of Baytown, Texas.

Performing Computer Maintenance

General Requirements

Long-term on-the-job training: Occupations at this level generally require more than 12 months of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction for workers to develop the skills needed for average job performance. This category includes formal and informal apprenticeships that may last up to 4 years and short- term intensive employer-sponsored training that workers must successfully complete. Individuals undergoing training are generally considered to be employed in the occupation. Includes occupations in which workers may gain experience in non-work activities, such as professional athletes who gain experience through participation in athletic programs in academic institutions. For nuclear technicians, the requirement is completion of a degree program usually requiring at least 2 years of full-time equivalent academic work. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission)

Programs of Study

Certificate of Completion, Analytical Instrumentation – ATI1