Careers and Employment Outlook What are the job opportunities for a process technologist? The graduates of this program are prepared to work as process operators in the petrochemical, refinery, and manufacturing industry. According to the TEX-SIS Newsletter, the average annual statewide salary for graduates entering this type of employment is $37,440, and the placement rate is 96%. The demand for good college education is increasing. Today, the petrochemical industry is requiring their process operator trainees to have more than just a high school education. The local industries are requiring at least an Associate Degree in Process Technology. Learn, then earn, and you will reach your career peak sooner.