- 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.
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.