Laboratory Technician

Job Description

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

Skills Required

Academic Requirement

Degree in Medical Lab Technology

  • STPM
    Minimum CGPA of 2.50; or
  • A-Level
    Pass 3 subjects with at least a C in Mathematics & Physics
  • Matriculation
    Gred B- (2.67) in 2 subjects, including Chemistry / Engineering Chemistry AND one Grade C (2.00) in the following subjects; Mathematics, Biology, Physics
  • UEC
    Grade B in 6 of the relevant subjects
  • Foundation in Science
    Minimum CGPA of 3.0
Diploma in Medical Lab Technology

  • SPM / O-Level
    Minimum 5 credits, including Bahasa Melayu, Mathematics and a Science subject. Any one other subject

Salary Range

    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.