Job type

Laboratory technician

£17k - £30k

Typical salary

35 – 40

Hours per week

Laboratory technicians support scientists and help carry out tests, research and investigations.

More info

  • Involves working in a laboratory with scientists, aiding them in their research and experiments
  • Work your way into specialisation into a more complex role
  • Requires a passion for and extensive knowledge of chemistry and biology

As a laboratory technician, you could work in areas like forensic science, scientific analysis, the health service, or education, helping to diagnose diseases, measure pollution, develop products or use specialised medical techniques.


  • Setting up experiments and investigations
  • Carrying out risk assessments
  • Collecting and analysing samples
  • Preparing solutions, cultures or specimens
  • Recording and presenting data
  • Ordering and controlling stock
  • Disposing of chemicals and waste products safely
  • Cleaning and maintaining equipment


You may need to wear protective clothing, and will be working in a laboratory.

You'll need

For this role, you'll need knowledge of chemistry, biology, and maths; the ability to work well with your hands; thoroughness and attention to detail; initiative; to work well with others; and administration skills.

You could get this job if you do a foundation degree, higher national diploma, or degree course in biology, chemistry, physics, or forensic science.

You could also complete a college course, such as a level 2 Certificate or Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science to help improve your chances of successful job application. Chemistry, Physics and Biology A levels can be useful.

An advanced apprenticeship as a laboratory technician could also get you into this role.

Experience in a lab can help when looking for work, which you could get by doing a year in industry as part of your degree, or applying for part-time work in a laboratory whilst studying.


With experience, you could progress to team manager or lab supervisor, or specialise in complex analysis work.