Laboratory Technician/ Science Technician
Science technicians help scientists carry out research, testing and experiments in areas such as chemistry, earth sciences, aquaculture, life sciences and physical sciences.
What do Lab Technicians do?
- collect and collate data for research.
- prepare equipment, materials, products and specimens for experiments and surveys.
- perform experiments and evaluate the results.
- record experiments and results.
- set up, operate and maintain laboratories for teaching and research.
- help with or carry out field and site surveys and tests.
- write reports and papers on research results.
- maintain databases.
- order laboratory supplies and equipment.
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of a science discipline such as biology, chemistry or physics.
- skill in analysing and interpreting research results and other information.
- practical skills for performing experiments and operating scientific equipment.
- To become a science technician, you need to have a relevant science or technology qualification.
- Some employers require you to have a New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 5 or 6), while others require a Bachelor of Science or a Master's degree in the relevant area of specialisation.
- A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at NCEA L3.
- experience in fields related to the area of science you wish to work in.
- other science or laboratory work.
- Science undergraduates often gain experience by working in a laboratory part time while studying.
Senior Science Technician, Research Scientist.
$52,000 per year, rising with progression