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Laboratory Technician

Prepare, organise, conduct and record laboratory tests using a range of tools and equipment.
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What's it like to be a Laboratory Technician?

A Laboratory Technician is responsible for the maintenance of lab tools and equipment, data recording, preparing experiments and inspecting, calibrating and maintaining test equipment.

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Laboratory Technicians may work in various settings such as within medical laboratories, school science laboratories or within forensic, pharmacology or manufacturing companies.

Laboratory Technicians may also work in scientific research and development, therefore having excellent attention to detail, efficiency and accuracy is crucial for these professionals.

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How to become a Laboratory Technician


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You usually need a tertiary-level qualification to become a Laboratory Technician in Australia. Membership with an industry body may be beneficial.

  1. Complete a relevant VET qualification, such as a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40118) or Diploma of Laboratory Technology (MSL50118). Some employers offer traineeships that allow you to complete your chosen course while working.
  2. Alternatively, a degree can introduce you to more advanced skills and open pathways to a broader set of roles, such as Medical Laboratory Scientist, Pathology Technician and Research Officer. This could be a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) or Bachelor of Science.
  3. Depending on your specific role, consider seeking opportunities for membership with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Australian Society for Microbiology or the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

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Oct 2018
Laboratory Technician roles can be repetitive, but is rewarding for those who enjoy hands on work.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Chemistry and Calibration
The good things
Hands on job with opportunities to learn and improve skills and knowledge. Laboratory testing is always changing and improving so there are always new processes to learn and new technology to learn.
The challenges
Some laboratories require shift work or rotating night shifts which can have a negative impact on your health and home life. But if you gain enough experience there are roles that do not require nigh...
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May 2021
Laboratory technician can be repetitive but exciting
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Bachelor of Environmental Science (Earth Resources) (Honours)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Geochronology
The good things
The role of lab technician may not be for everybody, but if you are a person that likes an organised workplace, has an eye for detail and doesn't mind repetitive tasks this is for you. After many year...
The challenges
For some one of the most challenging aspects of being a lab technician would be the repetitive nature of much of the work. It is part and parcel of lab work. Samples must be prepared for analysis and ...
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