Career outlook for laboratory technician
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would do tests, research and investigations and support scientists and their research. You could work in different areas such as forensic science, scientific analysis, the health service, responding to climate change and in education.
You might work to diagnose diseases, measure levels of pollution or help to develop new products. You might work with specialised techniques such as ways of treating infertility.
- Set up experiments or investigations
- Do risk assessments for lab activities
- Collect and analyse samples
- Prepare solutions, cultures or specimens
- Analyse samples
- Record and present data
- Order and control stock
- Dispose of chemicals and waste products in a safe way
- Make sure that equipment is clean and in good working order.
If you worked in education, you would also set up equipment and demonstrate experiments.
You’d need to have a good awareness of health and safety regulations to work safely.
Your team would include scientists and other technicians. With experience you may also supervise lab support workers or junior technicians.
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- Working with technology
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- Attention to detail
- Managing resources
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