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Occupation Description

Laboratory Technicians assist engineers, technical officers and other laboratory staff by collecting and preparing samples, carrying out experiments, making measurements with scientific equipment, recording results and presenting results for critical analysis. They play an important role in manufacturing quality control. Laboratory Technicians undertake sampling and testing that requires the application of a broad range of technical skills and some scientific knowledge.

Laboratory Technicians may…

  • clean, maintain and set up equipment for use in experiments
  • collect and classify samples
  • perform diagnostic and other scientific tests on samples
  • carry out experimental procedures and monitor processes
  • perform routine mathematical calculations and prepare graphs
  • use computers and computer-interfaced equipment
  • carry out routine quality assurance checks on production line samples and materials
  • Personal Requirements

    You should

  • enjoy scientific activities
  • have good eyesight and normal - correct colour vision
  • be able to produce accurate and detailed work
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • Environment

    Laboratory Technicians will work both ‘in the field', on the process - production line, and in the laboratory. They may work in a team or alone and because they may have to handle dangerous or hazardous materials, safety awareness and compliance with regulations is important. They must be aware of safety regulations and must wear supplied protective equipment.


    To work as a Laboratory Technician you will usually require a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques.

    With experience, and possibly some further training, Laboratory Technicians can work in even more technical and supervisory occupations such as technical officer and senior technical officer.

    Of course you can continue to progress further along a career pathway that could see you in a number of senior management positions.

    Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

    Earnings, Job and Employment Prospects

    For detailed information about earnings, job and employment prospects for this occupation, go to the Australian JobSearch Careers page and click on Job Outlook .

    Printed Resources

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