Life science technicians looking at species of insects on dish, doing laboratory tests

Life Science Technician

Life Science Technicians identify and collects living organisms and conducts field and laboratory studies in support of Life Scientists or Environmental Scientists.

Overview

Life Science Technicians identify and collects living organisms and conducts field and laboratory studies in support of Life Scientists or Environmental Scientists.

Day-to-day

  • prepares materials for experimentation, including freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals
  • collects information and samples
  • conducts field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
  • presents results in graphic or written form by preparing maps charts, sketches, diagrams and reports
  • performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurement
  • controls the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage
  • checks, calibrates and maintains test equipment
  • participate in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met.

Considerations

  • requires driving.

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Stable
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Life Science Technician

  • You usually need a formal qualification in life science, laboratory technology or another related field to work as a Life Science Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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