Computers, Tech & Engineering
Process Technology

From the extraction of chemicals to the treatment of wastewater to the creation of pharmaceuticals, a degree in Process Technology can lead to a career across many industries, in a variety of settings, all with a generous compensation package. If you find yourself fascinated by systems design, data, analysis, and want to spend your life helping businesses and governments work more efficiently, a degree in Process Technology may be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Process Technology students can pursue a certification program, associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). In this field, an associate degree is often enough to land an entry-level technician position, but higher levels of education can lead to management positions with higher compensation rates. State licensure is oftentimes required but varies from state to state.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Process Technology Degree Or Certification

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree or certification in Process Technology include:

  • Manufacturing Process Technician
  • Chemical Plant and System Operator
  • Geological and Petroleum Technician
  • Nuclear Power Plant Operator
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for Chemical Plant and System Operators was $62,710 in 2019 (1) while Geological and Petroleum Technicians earned a median salary of $51,130 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.