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Applied chemical technology professionals (ACTP) are key members of laboratory teams. From pharmaceutical testing to environmental monitoring and basic research to complex projects, they work in a variety of settings and assume many different responsibilities. With a background in chemistry and strong problem-solving skills, ACTPs such as John Engelman have the opportunity to contribute to new technological advances that improve the quality of our lives. After 46 years in the field, Engelman reflects that his fun and rewarding career is the next best thing to a hobby.