Laboratory technicians work in the science and medical fields

Laboratory technicians are in support with scientists and medical staff by allowing practical work to be done within laboratories and similar areas. The work they carry out also includes cultivations, preparation, maintenance, use and disposal of specimens and samples that are used analysis or similar work. The care of animals, plants and insects, construction, design, maintenance and the use of equipment obtaining, reporting and evaluating on results.

A wide variety of procedures, materials and equipment that may be used, including specialized instruments with computers that are dedicated to the work specified. Laboratory technicians work in a wide variety of industries, these include petrochemical, textiles, food, pharmaceuticals and engineering for local and national government, research organisations, in most areas of educations and in medical services.

Training and qualifications required
In order to enter this area of work you need at least four or five GCSEs at grade C or higher or equal, including maths and science. On the job training is usually provided. NVQs are available for laboratory technicians operating within the chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as in education.

Further information:

The Institute of Science Technology
Stowe house
WS13 6TJ
Telephone: 01543266823

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