What does a Lab Technician do?
The role of a Lab Technician optimizes laboratory procedures as they help to produce reliable and important reports or results for experiments undertaken by Scientists. In many cases, a Lab Technician will set up experiments and investigations. The setting up of experiments could include preparing solutions or specimens, disposing of chemicals or waste products safely, and cleaning the lab equipment used. Once the experiments are done, they will collect and analyze the results. A Laboratory Technician may also be responsible for presenting findings to executives or Managers.
Lab Technician skills and qualifications
A successful Lab Technician will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications, including:
- Ability to work well with a team and as an individual contributor
- Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
- Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
- Strong organizational skills
- Strong time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
- Strong attention to detail and adherence to strict processing procedures
- Ability to keep and record daily logs
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Lab Technician experience requirements
When reviewing resumes for a Lab Technician, look for job applicants who have previous experience working within a laboratory. Candidates with two to three years of experience may have an advantage. Job applicants with experience working with spreadsheet-based software programs may also be preferred. A successful applicant should also have experience working with sensitive information, specimens, and data.
Lab Technician training and education
Candidates generally need a bachelor’s degree or higher education in a scientific program like biology or chemistry. In some cases, a college diploma in a related field is sufficient if your office provides on-the-job training. Look for applicants registered with a specific local association or national society such as the Canadian Society of Orthopaedic Technologists. It’s an asset for a candidate to have completed short-term programs related to the specific lab work of your department or organization.
Lab Technician salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average pay for a Lab Technician in Canada is $24.76 per hour. This can vary depending on experience, location or type of company that is hiring.
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