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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

What can I earn as a Laboratory Assistant?

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How to become a Laboratory Assistant


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You don’t need qualifications to become a Laboratory Assistant, but they may be advantage when seeking employment.

  1. Develop your practical skills and build foundational knowledge with a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (MSL30118).
  2. Complete a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40118). This course will provide you with further skills to assist other laboratory personnel.
  3. Consider furthering your educating by undertaking a Bachelor of Science. It will take you 3 years to finish full-time, and you’ll need an appropriate ATAR or to apply for alternative entry.

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Bachelor of Science

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Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

This qualification provides you with the skills needed for entry-level positions in a laboratory across all industry sectors.

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Latest Laboratory Assistant reviews

Latest reviews from 25 Laboratory Assistants surveyed on SEEK
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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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