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Laboratory Technician

Laboratory technicians are responsible for laboratory-based work, which include sampling, testing, measuring, recording and analysing results in the biological, chemical, physical and life sciences. They are also responsible for preparing  instrumentation and apparatus such as chemicals and solutions for use in laboratories.

The fields of science laboratory technicians are generally involved in include forensic science, scientific analysis, education and the health services.

Laboratory technicians are also responsible for ensuring the equipment remains in good working order and may be responsible for ordering new equipment and supplies. They must provide all the required technical support to enable the laboratory to function effectively whilst ensuring they adhere to correct procedures and guidelines on health and safety.

They may also be required to record and sometimes interpret results as part of a scientific team.

Salaries start at around £14,000 a year and can rise to over £30,000.

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