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.
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:
- biomedical science
- 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.
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- Anatomical pathology technician
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- 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
£15,000 to £30,000