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Laboratory technicians

£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£27,040 Average Salary
34 Average hours per week


Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.

Main Tasks

  • Sets up and assists with the construction and the development of scientific apparatus for experimental, demonstration or other purposes;
  • Prepares and analyses body fluids, secretions and/or tissue to detect infections or to examine the effects of different drugs;
  • Grows cultures of bacteria and viruses, prepares tissue sections and other organic and inorganic material for examination and stains and fixes slides for microscope work;
  • Operates and services specialised scientific equipment, undertakes prescribed measurements and analyses and ensures that sterile conditions necessary for some equipment are maintained;
  • Records and collates data obtained from experimental work and documents all work carried out.


Entry varies from employer to employer. Entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades, an appropriate BTEC/SQA award or a GNVQ/GSVQ. Professional qualifications, NVQs/SVQs at various levels, and apprenticeships are available in some areas of work. Good eyesight, and in some cases, normal colour vision are also required.

What Laboratory technicians studied in higher education

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What Laboratory technicians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences7
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy3
(C1) Biology15
(F1) Chemistry12
(C8) Psychology1
(C5) Microbiology4
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(D3) Animal science1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(D4) Agriculture1
(A3) Clinical medicine2
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry11
(C4) Genetics2
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine7
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology4
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences8
(F3) Physics2
(B4) Nutrition1
(D6) Food & beverage studies1
(C6) Sport & exercise science1
(C3) Zoology2

UK Prospects

92100 Workforce Size
0.96% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
14090 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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