What does a Lab Technician do?

A lab technician performs tests and analyses in a laboratory. Lab technicians work in a variety of different organizations, including healthcare institutions, manufacturing companies, and educational institutions. They work in different fields such as medicine, biology, environment, and electronics.

A lab technician's tasks differ greatly depending on the setting and the industry. For example, a medical lab technician collects samples and performs tests on body fluids and tissue to assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Other lab technicians may perform chemical, physical, or biological tests on products. The education needed for lab technicians depends on the role and industry. In some cases a high school degree or GED is sufficient, whereas for other roles an associate's degree, a certificate, or a Bachelor's degree are required.

  • Perform routine and non-routine tests and analyses using the appropriate technical equipment and instruments
  • Receive or collect, as well as process, samples
  • Calculate test results, and log and report results using a computer
  • Prepare and supervise experiments
  • Perform quality control and calibrate equipment if necessary
  • Maintain equipment in proper working order and maintain a clean work area
  • Practice safe work habits, including complying with all safety, health, and environmental rules and regulations
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required, associate's or Bachelor's degree in a scientific field preferred
  • 1-2 years of experience working in a lab
  • Computer skills: knowledge of Microsoft Office and other relevant computer programs
  • Analytical and numerical skills: ability to perform mathematical calculations (add, subtract, multiply, divide) in different units of measurement; ability to use concepts such as fractions, percentages, and ratios
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to write correspondence and reports
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to perform physically demanding work such as moving and lifting equipment, standing for long periods of time, etc.

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
34%
2 - 4
29%
5 - 7
1%
8+
36%

Common Skill Sets

ASCP
Interpersonal and Communication
Calculations
Laboratory Information Systems
Critical Thinking
Excellent Communication
Attention To Detail
WORKING Relationships

Lab Technician Seniority Levels

L2
Lab Technician
$40,276/yr
L4
Lab Manager
18% made the transition
Teaching Assistant
41% made the transition
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Lab Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$40,276 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$29K
Median: $40K
$56K
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