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Job Description

A Lab Technician will carry out work that assists in the advancement and development of modern medicine and science; they may be involved in sampling, testing, measuring, recording and analysing results as part of a scientific team. They will also be involved with technical support which allows the lab to function correctly and safely.

Entry Requirements

You'll usually need at least 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English, maths and science.

Employers may also expect you to have A levels or a degree in a subject like:

  • biology
  • biomedical science
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • pharmacy
  • forensic science
  • environmental science
  • materials science

Experience of working in a laboratory could help you get a job.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress to team manager or lab supervisor, or specialise in complex analysis work.

With a degree and experience you could move into a research technician role.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Anatomical pathology technician
  • Animal technician
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to analyse technical data and explain it to interested parties
  • Good team working skills
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to provide technical reports
  • Flexibility

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £30,000

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