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How to become a Lab Technician

Lab Technician
avg. starting salary

Want a career that gets a positive reaction? You should become a Lab Technician… Lab Technicians work alongside Scientists in a laboratory, helping them to carry out a range of experiments and investigations. They could work in labs that focus on various areas of research and analysis, from forensics and scientific studies, to medicine and education. So whether their research is used to develop new products or diagnose diseases, a Lab Technician’s role plays a big part in improving our daily lives, and the environment we live in. Duties for a Lab Technician could include:
  • Ordering, distributing, and maintaining lab supplies
  • Cleaning and sterilising glassware
  • Assessing lab activity risks
  • Organising and setting up experiments, trials, and investigations
  • Collecting, testing, and analysing samples
  • Keeping records and presenting findings
  • Using safe disposal methods to discard waste
  • Demonstrating scientific procedures if based in an educational setting

If you’re always trying to get to the bottom of things, becoming a Lab Technician could be the perfect career move for you. An interest in science and problem solving combined with an analytical mind are also key attributes to becoming a good Lab Technician – and, because a lot of your role will involve experimenting with a range of (often microscopic) samples and specimens, a meticulous eye for detail is equally essential. Clumsy people need not apply… (Unless you’re good at covering up accidental Bunsen burner related fires). A Lab Technician should also have:
  • An independent work ethic
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An ability to work in a team
  • Initiative
  • Good IT skills
  • A technical and inquisitive mind
  • Knowledge of scientific practices and equipment


Lab Technician

Up to £25,000

Lab Manager

Up to £30,000

Biomedical Scientist

Up to £35,000

"I work as a Lab Technician in a neurology lab, specialising in the examination of Parkinson’s disease in post-mortem brain tissue. In a nutshell, my role involves assisting a research team, and working with professors and science students to carry out experiments – and to make sure the lab reagents are stocked and maintained. It’s really exciting to know that the research I’m supporting could help to develop life-changing medicine, and I genuinely enjoy my job. It’s also a great place to start if you’re looking to pursue a career in science – although many Lab Technician roles can be contract-based, so it’s worth considering studying for a PhD if you’re looking for something more permanent."

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