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Scientific Laboratory Technician
Scientific Laboratory Technicians work in scientific laboratories providing technical support to ensure that the laboratory can function effectively and that scientists can carrying out tests, research and investigations. Similar job titles include Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory Technician, Technical Laboratory Assistant, Scientific Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory Operator and Laboratory Support Technician.
Scientific Laboratory Technicians can work in a wide variety of areas including education, forensics, medical research and development, clinical trials, scientific investigations and health services.
Working as a Scientific Laboratory Technician can be an interesting and varied job. A typical day’s work for a Scientific Laboratory Technician could involve tasks such as setting up experiments and investigations, collecting and analysing samples, preparing samples and specimens, ordering and controlling stock, disposing of chemicals and waste products safely, cleaning and maintaining equipment, performing laboratory tests, constructing, maintaining and operating laboratory equipment and using IT.
Work is often carried out in teams with scientists and other technicians. The specific tasks performed by a Scientific Laboratory Technician will vary dependent upon the employer. Scientific Laboratory Technicians have to follow strict health and safety procedures at all times, particularly in laboratories in which toxic chemicals, human tissues, biological waste are processed or in which a sterile requirement is required in order to prevent contamination of samples. In many laboratories Scientific Laboratory Technicians will be required to wear protective clothing and equipment.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required
- A levels, HND or a degree in a relevant science subject which could include biology, biomedical science, chemistry, physics, pharmacy, forensic science, pharmacology
- Experience of working in a laboratory
- Accuracy and attention to detail
- Good hand-eye coordination and the ability to use technical equipment with accuracy;
- The ability to maintain and calibrate technical equipment;
- The ability to learn specific, practical techniques and apply this knowledge to solve technical problems;
- Organisational and time management skills flexibility
- Communication and teamwork skills
- IT skills to record and analyse data
Starting salaries for Scientific Laboratory Technicians will depend on qualifications held, any experience in the role and the employer, but typically range from £15,000 to £19,000 for new entrants increasing to £20,000 to £25,000 for more experienced Laboratory Technicians. Senior Laboratory Technicians in management or supervisory roles salaries can be as high as £30,000 to £40,000.
Career path and progression
Scientific Laboratory Technicians can progress to Senior Laboratory Technician roles and then on Team Leader, Team Manager or Laboratory Supervisor positions. An alternative career path for Scientific Laboratory Technicians who do not necessarily with to supervise staff can include moving into more scientific, technical and analytical roles.