Laboratory Testing Technicians

Technician Conducts Lab Tests

Laboratory testing technicians conduct tests on countless substances and products. Their laboratory duties include measuring and evaluating materials and running quality control tests. They work in a variety of unrelated fields, such as medicine, metallurgy, manufacturing, geology, and meteorology. Therefore, students interested in a career as a laboratory testing technician should look for job titles such as metallurgical, medical, or pharmaceutical technicians.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Assayers, Clinical Laboratory Technicians, Clinical Technicians, Geological Technicians, Materials Technicians, Medical Laboratory Technicians, Metallurgical Technicians, Pharmaceutical Technicians, Quality Control Technicians
Duties Help scientists conduct tests on a variety of substances and products
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Experience Hands-on laboratory experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Engineer, or Physicist, or Geologist
  • Manager or Supervisor
  • Experienced Laboratory Testing Technician
  • Laboratory Testing Technician
  • Trainee