Laboratory Testing Technicians

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 $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
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • 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

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