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 can get into this job through:
You could take a college course, like a Level 2 Certificate or Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science to help improve your chances of finding work.
Chemistry, Physics and Biology A levels are also useful.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
The following local colleges offer courses in Applied Science:
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.
You could get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship as a laboratory technician.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science.
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You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree course in:
- forensic science
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 3 A levels or equivalent
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Experience in a lab can help when looking for work. You can get this by:
- doing a year in industry as part of your degree
- applying for part-time work in a laboratory whilst studying
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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- 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