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Education Lab Technician

An education lab technician helps students and staff in educational institutions make the best use of laboratory facilities. They work within schools, colleges and universities and will set up, use and test scientific equipment, ranging from basic microscopes to advanced and sensitive research equipment.

They provide crucial support to science teachers by preparing and delivering materials that have been requested for their lessons and will then clear the materials away after they have been used. They are required to keep the laboratories tidy and well equipped.

Technicians can be involved in all areas of science (primarily chemistry, biology and physics) or they may specialise in a single subject. Work in schools tends to be part-time or term times only, however work in colleges and universities is more likely to be full time.

Salaries may start at around £11,500 and rise to over £30,000 a year. University salary levels tend to be higher.

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