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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

  • $51,000

    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
Chemist Scientist
Senior Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Chemist Scientist Senior Scientist
Principal Scientist
12 Yearsyrs
Chemist Analytical Chemist
Senior Chemist
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Analyst Analyst Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Analyst Analyst Assistant Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Analyst Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Research Scientist Research And Development Scientist
Scientist Senior, Research And Development
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Chemist Quality Control Supervisor
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Chemist Quality Control Supervisor Quality Control Manager
Quality Control Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Chemist Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Microbiologist Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Microbiologist
Senior Microbiologist
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Engineer Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Director
9 Yearsyrs
Microbiologist Research Associate Senior Scientist
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Laboratory Analyst
5 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Senior Chemist
Staff Chemist
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Control Supervisor
Assistant Quality Control Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Associate Scientist Laboratory Scientist Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Microbiology Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Chemist 3.5 years
Analytical Chemist 3.2 years
Chemical Analyst 3.1 years
Associate Chemist 3.0 years
Laboratory Analyst 3.0 years
Laboratory Chemist 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Laboratory Analyst
Internship 8.6%
Chemist 5.8%
Cashier 4.1%
Volunteer 3.0%
Assistant 2.4%
Analyst 2.3%
Supervisor 2.2%
Researcher 2.1%
Top Careers After Laboratory Analyst
Chemist 15.0%
Scientist 4.7%
Analyst 3.9%
Internship 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Occidental Petroleum
Highest Paying City
Nutley, NJ
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Laboratory Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Laboratory Analyst in the United States is $51,909 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $72,000.

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 Aug 12, 2015 $60,000
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 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 U.S.A., Inc. Port Washington, NY Aug 21, 2014 $46,426
GMP Compliance/Lab Analyst Confidence International Inc. Port Washington, NY Sep 03, 2014 $46,426
Clinical Laboratory Analyst The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jan 08, 2013 $46,219
Clinical Laboratory Analyst The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Aug 01, 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
Environmental Lab Analyst-Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrom. Modern Industries Inc. Erie, PA Apr 08, 2015 $37,440
Lab Analyst-Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Modern Industries Inc. Meadville, PA Sep 04, 2012 $37,440

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Analyst

  1. Analytical Methods
  2. Lab Equipment
  3. PH Meter
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Validated analytical methods for a reformulated allergy drug as part of Pfizer's Right-First-Time initiative.
  • Maintained lab equipment in proper operating condition, and assisted in calibration as required.
  • Certified on pH meter calibration and on Environmental Monitoring Program.
  • Performed impurities analysis with raw materials in The Materials Characterization Laboratory which served manufacturing, engineering, and technology for G.E.
  • Performed physical, chemical, biochemical and bacteriological testing of water samples.

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Top 10 Best States for Laboratory Analysts

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  2. New Jersey
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Alaska
  5. Iowa
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Kansas
  8. Illinois
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Laboratory Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

48.2%

Male

42.4%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.6%

French

6.8%

Chinese

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Hindi

2.0%

German

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Russian

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Italian

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Swedish

0.8%

Romanian

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Malay

0.8%

Thai

0.8%
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Laboratory Analyst Education

Schools

East Carolina University

9.5%

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

9.2%

University of Puerto Rico - Humacao

6.2%

University of Phoenix

6.2%

East Tennessee State University

5.4%

North Carolina State University

5.4%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

5.2%

University of Puerto Rico - Cayey

4.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.7%

University of Florida

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo

4.3%

University of Utah

4.1%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.9%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

Georgia Southern University

3.7%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Brigham Young University

3.4%
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Majors

Chemistry

27.4%

Biology

26.6%

Environmental Science

5.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.5%

Business

4.8%

Chemical Engineering

4.5%

Microbiology

3.2%

Biotechnology

2.6%

Pharmacy

2.5%

Geology

2.4%

Public Health

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.7%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

1.7%

Nursing

1.6%

Natural Sciences

1.5%

Management

1.3%

Psychology

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Food Science

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.4%

Masters

19.5%

Other

10.3%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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