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.

Useful experience

  • 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

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