Median annual salary: $40,473
Chemical plant operators, who supervise the mostly-automated equipment that
produces adhesives, paints, medicines, synthetics and other chemicals, typically
work in environments that are hot, loud, smelly and potentially toxic.
Fortunately, chemical plant operators rarely need a Silkwood Shower.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that chemical manufacturing plants
have some of the lowest injury rates in the U.S. thanks to stringent and heavily
monitored safety regulations.
On-the-job training is typically given to high school graduates.