- Records and collates data obtained from experimental work and documents all work carried out.
- Operates and services specialised scientific equipment, undertakes prescribed measurements and analyses and ensures that sterile conditions necessary for some equipment are maintained.
- 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.
- Prepares and analyses body fluids, secretions and/or tissue to detect infections or to examine the effects of different drugs.
- Sets up and assists with the construction and the development of scientific apparatus for experimental, demonstration or other purposes.
Typical Education Level
Level 4 NVQ; Intermediate, DipHE, DipFE
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 18% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for laboratory technician is £19,406
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,760. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for laboratory technician roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £19,406 per year. That is about £1,617 per month or £9.95 per hour. New workers generally start on £13,915, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £31,034
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,760 people are employed in the region.