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Laboratory Technicians

Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.


Median Salary

New workers start around £17,019. Normal pay is £23,297 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £35,784.

Daily Tasks

  • Records and collates data obtained from experimental work and documents all work carried out.
  • Operates and services specialised scientific equipment, undertakes prescribed measurements and analyses and ensures that sterile conditions necessary for some equipment are maintained.
  • Grows cultures of bacteria and viruses, prepares tissue sections and other organic and inorganic material for examination and stains and fixes slides for microscope work.
  • Prepares and analyses body fluids, secretions and/or tissue to detect infections or to examine the effects of different drugs.
  • Sets up and assists with the construction and the development of scientific apparatus for experimental, demonstration or other purposes.

Skills employers are asking for

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking