These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Laboratory Technicians

We used our database of over 7 million resumes to determine which careers former laboratory technicians are entering now.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFormer Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago

It’s tough to be a laboratory technician nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a laboratory technician isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become laboratory technicians in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many laboratory technicians no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former laboratory technicians to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former laboratory technicians:

  1. Research Assistant
  2. Chemist
  3. Research Associate
  4. Scientist
  5. Sales Associate
  6. Customer Service Representative
  7. Internship
  8. Associate Scientist
  9. Medical Technologist
  10. Technician

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a laboratory technician would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former laboratory technicians to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former laboratory technicians:

  1. Chemist
  2. Research Associate
  3. Scientist
  4. Associate Scientist
  5. Medical Technologist
  6. Graduate Research Assistant
  7. Phlebotomist
  8. Research Scientist
  9. Analytical Chemist
  10. Process Engineer

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Laboratory Technicians

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed laboratory technician under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a laboratory technician, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former laboratory technicians.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Laboratory Technicians

Job Title Rank %
Research Assistant 1 1.59%
Chemist 2 1.13%
Research Associate 3 1.01%
Scientist 4 1.0%
Sales Associate 5 0.8%
Customer Service Representative 6 0.74%
Internship 7 0.74%
Associate Scientist 8 0.73%
Medical Technologist 9 0.71%
Technician 10 0.7%
Laboratory Manager 11 0.65%
Registered Nurse 12 0.64%
Laboratory Assistant 13 0.56%
Graduate Research Assistant 14 0.56%
Medical Laboratory Technician 15 0.54%
Laboratory Supervisor 16 0.53%
Phlebotomist 17 0.52%
Quality Laboratory Technician 18 0.52%
Laboratory Analyst 19 0.51%
Medical Assistant 20 0.48%
Manager 21 0.48%
Engineering Technician 22 0.45%
Quality Control Technician 23 0.45%
Project Manager 24 0.43%
Teaching Assistant 25 0.43%
Research Technician 26 0.42%
Manufacturing Technician 27 0.42%
Administrative Assistant 28 0.42%
Machine Operator 29 0.42%
Senior Laboratory Technician 30 0.42%
Research Scientist 31 0.4%
Pharmacist Technician 32 0.39%
Volunteer 33 0.39%
Analytical Chemist 34 0.38%
Quality Assurance Technician 35 0.37%
Team Leader 36 0.36%
Clinical Laboratory Scientist 37 0.36%
Office Manager 38 0.35%
Supervisor 39 0.34%
Process Engineer 40 0.34%
Microbiologist 41 0.33%
Cashier 42 0.32%
Analyst 43 0.31%
Quality Control 44 0.31%
Teacher 45 0.31%
Owner 46 0.3%
Associate 47 0.3%
Substitute Teacher 48 0.29%
Consultant 49 0.28%
Senior Scientist 50 0.28%
Field Service Technician 51 0.27%
Quality Assurance 52 0.27%
Quality Assurance Specialist 53 0.26%
Assistant Manager 54 0.26%
Field Technician 55 0.25%
Quality Assurance Manager 56 0.25%
Quality Control Analyst 57 0.25%
Service Technician 58 0.24%
Research And Development Technician 59 0.23%
Quality Engineer 60 0.23%
Operations Manager 61 0.23%
Quality Control Chemist 62 0.23%
Sales Representative 63 0.23%
Server 64 0.23%
Office Assistant 65 0.22%
Specialist 66 0.22%
Quality Control Inspector 67 0.22%
Production Supervisor 68 0.22%
Graduate Assistant 69 0.22%
Manufacturing Associate 70 0.21%
Technical Support Specialist 71 0.21%
Certified Nursing Assistant 72 0.21%
Research Laboratory Technician 73 0.2%
Coordinator 74 0.2%
Lead Laboratory Technician 75 0.2%
Environmental Scientist 76 0.2%
Electronics Technician 77 0.19%
Production Technician 78 0.19%
Physician Assistant 79 0.19%
Computer Technician 80 0.19%
Instructor 81 0.19%
Adjunct Professor 82 0.19%
Senior Technologist 83 0.19%
Maintenance Technician 84 0.19%
Operator 85 0.18%
Process Technician 86 0.18%
Quality Control Manager 87 0.17%
Receptionist 88 0.17%
Graduate Researcher 89 0.17%
Manufacturing Engineer 90 0.17%
Tutor 91 0.16%
Histologic Technician 92 0.16%
Data Analyst 93 0.16%
Technical Support Technician 94 0.16%
Science Teacher 95 0.16%
Security Officer 96 0.16%
Research And Development Chemist 97 0.16%
Engineer 98 0.16%
Senior Chemist 99 0.16%
Engineering Internship 100 0.16%

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