Profession scientific laboratory technician

Scientific laboratory technicians carry out laboratory-based research, analysis and testing and support life science professionals. They sample, test, measure, research and analyse in areas such as biology, biotechnology, environmental science, forensic science and pharmacology. Scientific laboratory technicians also observe and monitor laboratory activities, record test sequences and analyse the results.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Investigative / Realistic


  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.


  • Operate scientific measuring equipment

    Operate devices, machinery, and equipment designed for scientific measurement. Scientific equipment consists of specialised measuring instruments refined to facilitate the acquisition of data.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

    Clean laboratory glassware and other equipment after use and it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Use chemical analysis equipment

    Use the laboratory equipment such as Atomic Absorption equimpent, PH and conductivity meters or salt spray chambre.

  • Perform sample testing

    Examine and perform tests on prepared samples; avoid any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination during the testing phase. Operate sampling equipment in line with design parameters.

  • Test chemical samples

    Perform the testing procedures on the already prepared chemical samples, by using the necessary equipment and materials. Chemical sample testing involves operations such as pipetting or diluting schemes.

  • Prepare samples for testing

    Take and prepare samples for testing, verify their representability; avoid bias and any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination. Provide clear numbering, labelling and recording of the sample details, in order to make sure that the results can be accurately matched to the original material.

  • Calibrate laboratory equipment

    Calibrate laboratory equipment by comparing between measurements: one of known magnitude or correctness, made with a trusted device and a second measurement from another piece of laboratory equipment. Make the measurements in as similar a way as possible.

  • Mix chemicals

    Mix chemical substances safely according to recipe, using the proper dosages.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

Optional knowledge and skills

biological chemistry analyse experimental laboratory data collect samples for analysis analyse test data chemistry label samples transport blood samples physics analyse blood samples monitor stock level data protection maintain healthcare user data confidentiality virology develop scientific research protocols ensure compliance with environmental legislation manage chemical testing procedures assist scientific research send biological samples to laboratory blood collection on babies techniques of blood-sampling blood type classification communicate effectively in healthcare manage chemical processes inspection fine-needle aspiration order supplies sterilise medical equipment follow environmental protection standards label blood samples perform bone marrow transplant blood transfusion biology archive scientific documentation microbiology-bacteriology blood donation answer patients' questions check material rescources automated analysers in the medical laboratory analyse cell cultures paediatric phlebotomy procedures microscopic techniques execute analytical mathematical calculations mathematics immunology check the received biological samples maintain medical laboratory equipment report test findings clinical biochemistry archive healthcare users' records dispose medical waste examine cell specimens microscopically carry out quality control in microbiology laboratories collect biological samples from patients clinical cytology work with chemicals interpret hematological test results identify patients' medical records assist in the production of laboratory documentation interpret medical results histopathology manage supplies

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