Careers and Employment Outlook The Environmental/Petrochemical Lab Technology Program is designed to prepare students for a career in the Chemical Process Industry (CPI) or related chemical laboratory-type jobs. Objectives of the program include : a strong background in the appropriate core sub disciplines of chemistry; laboratory training using state-of-the-art instruments, materials and techniques employed in the chemical industry; appropriate safety training; problem solving skills, including statistical analysis of data; the skills and understanding necessary to be able to effectively work as part of a team; effective oral and written communication skills and proper record keeping techniques. To meet the requirements of this program, prospective chemical technicians should begin their educational preparations while in high school by taking at least one year of algebra and one year of a science , preferably chemistry, that includes laboratory experience. **Realizing that many students become aware of technical career possibilities too late to satisfy college academic requirements, Del Mar College offers a schedule of noncredit courses that will allow students to meet the necessary requirements or prerequisites for the program. Career OpportunitiesGraduates of the Environmental/Petrochemical Lab Technology program should be in high demand for job opportunities not only in the Coastal Bend Region, but statewide, in chemical and petrochemicals, plastics, food, environmental, government and analytical labs, and numerous other companies requiring the skills of a degreed chemical technician.