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Working As A Laboratory Analyst

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • $50,762

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Analyst Do

Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting public health. In addition, they work to ensure that environmental violations are prevented.

Duties

Environmental science and protection technicians typically do the following:

  • Inspect establishments, including public places and businesses, to ensure that there are no environmental, health, or safety hazards
  • Set up and maintain equipment used to monitor pollution levels, such as remote sensors that measure emissions from smokestacks
  • Collect samples of air, soil, water, and other materials for laboratory analysis
  • Clearly label, track, and ensure the integrity of samples being transported to the laboratory
  • Use equipment such as microscopes to evaluate and analyze samples for the presence of pollutants or other contaminants
  • Prepare charts and reports that summarize test results
  • Discuss test results and analyses with clients
  • Verify compliance with regulations to help prevent pollution

Many environmental science and protection technicians work under the supervision of environmental scientists and specialists, who direct the technicians’ work and evaluate their results. In addition, they often work on teams with scientists, engineers, and technicians in other fields to solve complex problems related to environmental degradation and public health. For example, they may work on teams with geoscientists and hydrologists to manage the cleanup of contaminated soils and ground water around an abandoned bomb manufacturing site.

Most environmental science and protection technicians work for state or local governments, testing laboratories, or consulting firms.

In state and local governments, environmental science and protection technicians spend a lot of time inspecting businesses and public places, and investigating complaints related to air quality, water quality, and food safety. Sometimes they may be involved with enforcement of environmental regulations. They may help protect the environment and people’s health by performing environmental impact studies of new construction or by evaluating the environmental health of sites that may contaminate the environment, such as abandoned industrial sites.

Environmental science and protection technicians work in testing laboratories collecting and tracking samples, and performing tests that are often similar to what is done by chemical technicians, biological technicians, or microbiologists. However, the work done by environmental science and protection technicians focuses on topics that are directly related to the environment and how it affects human health.

In consulting firms, environmental science and protection technicians help clients monitor and manage the environment and comply with regulations. For example, they help businesses develop cleanup plans for contaminated sites, and they recommend ways to reduce, control, or eliminate pollution. Also, environmental science and protection technicians conduct feasibility studies for, and monitor the environmental impact of new construction projects.

Environmental science and protection technicians typically specialize in either laboratory testing or in fieldwork and sample collection. However, it is common for laboratory technicians to occasionally collect samples from the field, and for fieldworkers to do some work in a laboratory.

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How To Become A Laboratory Analyst

Environmental science and protection technicians typically need an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary education, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Environmental science and protection technicians typically need an associate’s degree in environmental science, environmental health, public health, or a related degree. Because of the wide range of tasks, environments, and industries in which these technicians work, there are jobs that do not require postsecondary education and others that require a bachelor’s degree.

A background in natural sciences is important for environmental science and protection technicians. Students should take courses in chemistry, biology, geology, and physics. Coursework in mathematics, statistics, and computer science also is useful because technicians routinely do data analysis and modeling.

Many schools offer internships and cooperative-education programs, which help students gain valuable experience while attending school. Internships and cooperative-education experience can enhance the students’ employment prospects.

Many technical and community colleges offer programs in environmental studies or a related technology, such as remote sensing or geographic information systems (GISs). Associate’s degree programs at community colleges traditionally are designed to easily transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at public colleges and universities.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Environmental science and protection technicians must be able to carry out a wide range of laboratory and field tests, and their results must be accurate and precise.

Communication skills. Environmental science and protection technicians must have good listening and writing skills, because they must follow precise directions for sample collection and communicate their results effectively in their written reports. They also may need to discuss their results with colleagues, clients, and sometimes public audiences.

Critical-thinking skills. Environmental science and protection technicians reach their conclusions through sound reasoning and judgment. They have to be able to determine the best way to address environmental hazards.

Interpersonal skills. Environmental science and protection technicians need to be able to work well and collaborate with others, because they often work with scientists and other technicians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In some states, environmental science and protection technicians need a license to do certain types of environmental and health inspections. For example, some states require licensing for technicians who test buildings for radon. Licensure requirements vary by state but typically include certain levels of education and experience and a passing score on an exam.

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Laboratory Analyst Career Paths

Laboratory Analyst
Laboratory Supervisor Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Analyst Quality Control Analyst Microbiologist
Microbiology Laboratory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Quality Assurance Technician
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Scientist Project Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Chemist Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Engineer
Quality Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Analyst Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Chemist Quality Control Supervisor Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Chemist Analytical Chemist
Senior Chemist
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Laboratory Analyst
5 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Quality Assurance Technician Quality Control Chemist
Senior Quality Control Chemist
7 Yearsyrs
Chemist Scientist
Senior Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Analytical Chemist Research Scientist
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Laboratory Manager Production Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Plant Operator Water Plant Operator Water Treatment Operator
Water Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Chemist 3.3 years
Chemical Analyst 3.2 years
Analytical Chemist 3.1 years
Laboratory Analyst 3.0 years
Associate Chemist 3.0 years
Laboratory Chemist 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 8.8%
Chemist 6.4%
Cashier 2.9%
Volunteer 2.8%
Server 2.3%
Supervisor 2.3%
Technician 2.2%
Analyst 2.1%
Top Employers After
Chemist 14.0%
Scientist 5.8%
Analyst 3.5%

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Laboratory Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

52.2%

Male

45.0%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.6%

Hispanic or Latino

18.9%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.5%

French

7.7%

Japanese

3.2%

Chinese

2.3%

Hindi

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

German

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Mandarin

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Swedish

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Turkish

0.9%

Malay

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Albanian

0.9%

Portuguese

0.9%
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Laboratory Analyst Education

Schools

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

11.2%

East Carolina University

8.7%

University of Puerto Rico - Humacao

7.1%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

East Tennessee State University

6.4%

University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo

5.8%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

5.8%

University of Florida

4.8%

North Carolina State University

4.5%

University of Puerto Rico - Cayey

4.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.5%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.5%

Georgia Southern University

3.5%

Murray State University

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Georgia State University

3.2%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.2%

University of Utah

3.2%
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Majors

Chemistry

27.9%

Biology

26.1%

Environmental Science

5.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.0%

Business

4.7%

Chemical Engineering

4.2%

Microbiology

4.1%

Biotechnology

2.9%

Geology

2.3%

Pharmacy

2.2%

Public Health

2.1%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

1.8%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Natural Sciences

1.5%

Nursing

1.4%

Management

1.3%

Food Science

1.3%

Chemical Technology

1.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.2%

Masters

20.1%

Other

11.0%

Associate

5.4%

Doctorate

3.0%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Real Laboratory Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Laboratory Analyst Abbvie Inc. Worcester, MA Jan 01, 2016 $86,260
Laboratory Analyst Abbvie Inc. Worcester, MA Jan 01, 2016 $83,835
Laboratory Analyst Abbvie Inc. Worcester, MA Jan 01, 2016 $78,615
Laboratory Analyst Abbvie Inc. Worcester, MA Jul 03, 2016 $72,715
Lab Analyst (Chemist) PNC, Inc. Nutley, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $63,654
Lab Analyst Kelly Services, Inc. Midland, MI Feb 01, 2011 $62,610
Laboratory Analyst Validation Associates LLC Lake Forest, IL Jan 01, 2016 $60,000
Laboratory Analyst Validation Associates LLC Foster City, CA Nov 18, 2015 $60,000
Lab Analyst (Chemist) PNC Inc. Nutley, NJ Apr 04, 2016 $60,000
Laboratory Analyst Validation Associates LLC Lake Forest, IL Aug 12, 2015 $60,000
Laboratory Analyst Precision Environmental Inc. Islandia, NY Nov 30, 2014 $58,261 -
$64,000
Lab Analyst Populus Group LLC Baltimore, MD Sep 23, 2016 $56,579
GMP Compliance/Lab Analyst Confidence International Inc. Port Washington, NY Sep 03, 2014 $46,426
GMP Compliance/Lab Analyst Confidence U.S.A., Inc. Port Washington, NY Aug 21, 2014 $46,426
Clinical Laboratory Analyst The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Aug 01, 2013 $46,219
Clinical Laboratory Analyst The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jan 08, 2013 $46,219
Laboratory Analyst Allure Labs, Inc. Hayward, CA Sep 18, 2016 $46,125
Laboratory Analyst Institute for Environmental Health, Inc. Seattle, WA Feb 01, 2011 $46,010
Laboratory Analyst Riga Analytical Lab, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 16, 2012 $46,000
Laboratory Analyst Institute for Environmental Health, Inc. West Deptford, NJ Sep 20, 2014 $39,000
Laboratory Analyst (QA Supervisor) Institute for Environmental Health, Inc. Lost Hills, CA Sep 20, 2014 $38,500
Laboratory Analyst (QA Supervisor) Institute for Environmental Health, Inc. Lost Hills, CA Sep 11, 2014 $38,500
Lab Analyst Greenville Metals, Inc. PA Sep 12, 2011 $38,044
Lab Analyst-Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Modern Industries Inc. Meadville, PA Sep 04, 2012 $37,440
Environmental Lab Analyst-Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrom. Modern Industries Inc. Erie, PA Apr 08, 2015 $37,440

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  1. Methods
  2. Lab
  3. Laboratory Procedures
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  • Designed nonstandard testing methods, ran sample analyses according to standard operating procedures, and interpreted laboratory acquired test results.
  • Optimized operational parameters of laboratory equipment.
  • Ensured that all safety procedures and PPE are properly exercised during laboratory procedures.
  • Conduct chemical and physical laboratory test, making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids and liquids.
  • Performed Quantitative and Qualitative analysis for raw materials and finish goods.

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