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Laboratory Assistant

Assist laboratory staff with setting up and preparing experiments.

What's it like to be a Laboratory Assistant?

Laboratory Assistants work with scientists and researchers, assisting during lab tests and experiments. They set up and prepare the experiments, and when the tests are completed they clean and maintain the lab.

Laboratory Assistant

Tasks and duties

  • Processing samples to identify suitability for experiments.
  • Preparing experiments.
  • Setting out test samples and setting up laboratory equipment.
  • Keeping accurate records.
  • Labelling specimens.
  • Performing quality assurance on samples.
  • Cleaning and maintaining the lab.
  • Cleaning and maintaining the lab equipment and supplies.
  • Communicating with warehouse and distribution teams.
  • Taking direction from Laboratory Manager.
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How to become a Laboratory Assistant


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You may be able to work as a Laboratory Assistant without any formal qualifications, however many employers prefer candidates with a relevant vocational qualification.

  1. Build foundational knowledge by completing a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (MSL30118). This course will prepare you for entry-level roles in the industry.
  2. Alternatively, complete a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40118). This course will provide you with further skills to collect and prepare samples.
  3. Consider furthering your education and broadening your career opportunities by completing a Diploma of Laboratory Technology (MSL50118) or Bachelor of Science.

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Bachelor of Science

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Diploma of Laboratory Technology

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May 2021
Laboratory assistant is not a long term job anybody expects to do when they pursue a science career.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Specimen Reception
The good things
If you have the right personality and get on well with the right people you can find other roles and move into those positions. In certain laboratories you get paid for your time at a reasonable rate....
The challenges
People do not need to particularly treat you well from most areas that deal with you. You can have workloads put on you that are too high given your role and outside your responsibility but you will b...
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May 2021
At the right company and good management laboratory assistant is a great starting point.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Laboratory Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Microbiology
The good things
The bad things Poor work life balance. Poor career progression. Too much favouritism and gossiping kills your motivation.
The challenges
If you're in the right department and company with good management it's a good career to go for.
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