Laboratory technicians are the backbone of a scientific research lab. Their work is almost entirely laboratory based. They can work in most areas of science including forensics, health and manufacturing.
The area a laboratory technician works in will largely dictate the work they do. If they are in a medical environment, they might be analyzing body fluids or tissues, conducting blood tests and examining cells. If they work for a food and drink manufacturer, they might be testing food and drink samples to detect contamination or ensure quality.
The Job Scope
- Conducting and supporting scientific investigations and experiments
- Planning, setting up and undertaking controlled experiments and trials
- Recording and analyzing data
- Demonstrating procedures
- Collecting, preparing and/or testing samples
- Maintaining equipment
- Providing technical support
- Writing reports, reviews and summaries
- Keeping up to date with relevant scientific and technical developments
- Carrying out risk assessments
- Ordering and maintaining stock and resources
An entry-level Lab Technician with 0-3 years of experience can expect to earn a minimum of RM1,300 per month to a maximum of Rm1,800 per month.
Senior Lab Technicians with 2-5 years of experience earns an average of RM 2,600 to RM 4,500.