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Become A Laboratory Associate

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Working As A Laboratory Associate

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • $40,787

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Associate Do At Lancesoft Inc.

* To perform analysis efficiently, as required in line with contracts approved by clients or internally To plan, execute and report work within timelines given.
* To communicate with clients internally and externally to a professional standard.
* To assure the integrity and quality of analytical data produced by adhering to all relevant in-house and client SOPs and methodologies and following the requirements of GMP.
* To adopt safe working practices in the laboratory.
* May serve as project technical lead.
* May perform peer review of laboratory notebooks and reports. ] Communication Responsibilities: Regular Communication with: Members of staff within Analytical Chemistry; Members of staff within other operational Business Units; Members of staff within Support Functions (specifically Project Management, HR and QA).
* Occasional Communication with: Staff within other parts of Aptuit; Clients and Potential Clients of Aptuit; Equipment Vendors

What Does A Laboratory Associate Do At Shire

* Conduct biological, chemical and physical analyses on raw materials, initial, in-process and final products, and samples collected from the environmental monitoring programs at Baxter manufacturing facility.
* Write and execute validations for manufacturing processes and laboratory instruments and methods.
* May serve as mentor to other Quality Laboratory positions.
* Provide training and work direction for Quality Laboratory Associate II positions as required.
* Manage work flow and laboratory release functions in specified laboratory areas and on off shifts.
* Perform review of test data, which includes overall documentation practices.
* Perform release functions in LIMS or other computerized systems.
* Use sophisticated laboratory instrumentation and computer systems to collect and record data.
* Perform advanced laboratory assays requiring precise analytical skills and understanding of scientific principles.
* Work on special projects / protocol testing that involves new methods and instrumentation Complete all testing, including special project / protocol testing in a timely and appropriate manner.
* Maintain data integrity and ensure compliance with company SOPs and specifications, FDA, GLP, QSR and cGMP regulations.
* Investigate deviations and write exception documents.
* Participate in functions involving teams, which impact production, increase efficiency, solve problems, generate cost savings, improve quality and provide new product support.
* Perform laboratory and manufacturing audits as required.
* Audit and update, as required, plant SOPs.
* Perform equipment maintenance and calibrations as required.
* Troubleshoot and resolve instrument problems

What Does A Laboratory Associate Do At Owens Corning

* Safety and Continuous Improvement (approximate 25%) Live the Owens Corning safety culture maintaining 100% safe laboratory.
* Provide safe specimen preparation and testing Identify and drive for solutions to safety risks.
* Identify key test variables, minimize and maintain variation through safety focused process solutions Develop and own processes for preventative maintenance.
* Drive continuous improvement through autonomation of testing processes and communicate value clearly Develop new or improved testing.
* Metrics Zero accidents/RIR annually for lab Co-leads safety improvements for lab Reductions in down time and repair costs annually for lab Thermal Test Lead (approximate 60%) Lead Thermal Testing Plan and execute thermal performance testing.
* Coordinate scheduling of thermal equipment to drive testing efficiency.
* Utilize LIMS to track lab usage identifying customer use rate for each division of the business Provide data analysis and provide updates to customers with insights.
* Lead and mentor one or more contract technicians supporting the Thermal Lab.
* Clearly articulate the results and analysis informally/formally to customers Validate test results and quality of data Inspect and verify accuracy of data in LIMS software and test reports as necessary.
* Lab Liaison to Product Engineering and Project Teams Participate on project team to identify planning and critical testing needs Provide guidance and insight on appropriate thermal testing done internally/externally Provide statistical analysis of data demonstrating clear understanding of results to guide future testing Thermal testing steward for the project team Participate and lead ASTM standardization C16 subcommittees/task groups on insulation.
* Metrics Testing is completed on time, with no errors, as per request/LIMS Backlog of less than 10 business days for requests Documentation of lab usage by division Demonstration of statistical analysis of data Documented communication of data review with customers Thermal Lab Development (approximate time 10%) Analyze available information, determine opportunities for lab growth, develop plan, and request funding.
* Innovatively create new testing solutions and partner with Lab Leader to fund.
* Innovate equipment and/or processes to drive lab growth.
* Share learnings and knowledge through technical transfer (i.e. tech reports, external papers, training, etc…) Metrics 2 new/improved test methods per year 1 completed technical reports/presentation/training per year ULF Lab/Team Support (approximate time 5%) Backup for operations in the ULF Laboratory.
* Provide secondary capability for all ULF Laboratory testing operations.
* Actively operate the ULF lab when ULF Test Engineer is away as necessary.
* Metrics Qualification for ULF testing achieved/maintained Minimum of participation on 1 project team per year with recognized technical participatio

What Does A Laboratory Associate Do At Highmark Health

* Plants cultures on appropriate media and prepares slides in accordance with departmental procedures to ensure optimum bacterial growth.
* Logs test orders into computer to record receipt of specimens.
* Throughout the shift, makes slides and subcultures flagged positive blood culture bottles onto selected media.
* Orders, performs and results fecal occult blood tests.
* Processes acid-fast bacilli specimens according to departmental procedures to prepare specimens for culturing.
* Evaluates culture orders and specimen integrity to ensure accuracy and appropriateness of specimen testing.
* Answers telephones and responds to routine inquiries from physicians, nurses and various hospital departments regarding culture results.
* Stocks supplies.
* Processes and disposes of autoclaved-garbage

What Does A Laboratory Associate Do At Quintilesims

* Complete and prepare documentation in compliance with regulatory and corporate guidelines.
* Perform and document all specimen test procedures with accuracy, consistency and timeliness in accordance with current standard operating procedures (SOPs) and regulatory guidelines.
* Exercise good judgment in assessing whether test procedure is proceeding according to expectations and that the results are within acceptable tolerances.
* Identify abnormal progress of test procedure, potential QC failures, or otherwise unusual results and escalate to senior lab personnel immediately.
* Perform and document calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment and reagent qualification/QC as assigned.
* Perform and document hands on training for other Laboratory Associates in areas of proven competency as assigned.
* Assist in the review and development of laboratory procedures and techniques
* Assist in process improvements to increase data quality, lower costs, or reduce turnaround times.
* Includes, updating SOPs/PTR’s, assisting with troubleshooting.
* May represent laboratory team on cross functional projects.
* Participate in continuing education through self-study, attending training sessions and off-site lectures and meetings

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How To Become A Laboratory Associate

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. It is important for prospective biological technicians to gain laboratory experience while they are in school.


Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. Most colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in the biological sciences.

Biological science programs usually include courses in general biology, as well as in specific subfields such as ecology, microbiology, and physiology. In addition to taking courses in biology, students must study chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Computer science courses are helpful for learning how to model and simulate biological processes and for learning how to operate some laboratory equipment. 

Laboratory experience is important for prospective biological technicians, so students should take biology courses that emphasize laboratory work.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Biological technicians need to conduct scientific experiments and analyses with accuracy and precision.

Communication skills. Biological technicians must understand and follow the instructions of their managing scientists. They also need to be able to communicate their processes and findings clearly in written reports.

Critical-thinking skills. Biological technicians draw conclusions from experimental results through sound reasoning and judgment.

Observational skills. Biological technicians must constantly monitor their experiments. They need to keep a complete, accurate record of their work, including the conditions under which the experiment was carried out, the procedures they followed, and the results they obtained.

Technical skills. Biological technicians need to set up and operate sophisticated equipment and instruments. They also may need to adjust equipment to ensure that experiments are conducted properly.

Other Experience

Prospective biological technicians should have laboratory experience. In addition to coursework, students may gain laboratory experience during summer internships with prospective employers, such as pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturers, or in university laboratories.


Biological technicians may advance to scientist positions, such as microbiologist, after a few years of experience working as a technician or after earning a master’s degree or Ph.D. Gaining more experience and higher levels of education often allows biological technicians to move into positions such as natural sciences managers or postsecondary teachers.

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Laboratory Associate Career Paths

Laboratory Associate
Associate Scientist Scientist Senior Scientist
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Specialist Project Coordinator
Associate Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Property Manager Compliance Specialist
Compliance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Laboratory Scientist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Chemist Laboratory Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Technician Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Scientist Senior Scientist
Principal Scientist
12 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Analyst Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Assurance
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Laboratory Scientist Laboratory Supervisor Laboratory Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Lead Technician Technical Director
Research And Development Director
12 Yearsyrs
Associate Scientist Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chemist Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Research Associate
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Research Scientist
Senior Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Medical Technologist Research Scientist
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Home Health Aid Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Japanese

  • Tagalog

  • German

  • Russian

  • Swahili

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Hindi

  • Nepali

  • Turkish

  • Lithuanian

  • Amharic

  • Dari

  • Mongolian

  • Armenian

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Real Laboratory Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Laboratory Member Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $170,000
Associate Laboratory Member Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $141,885
Clinical Laboratory Associate Color Global, Inc. Burlingame, CA May 10, 2015 $90,000
Principal Quality Lab Associate Baxalta Us Inc. Milford, MA Jul 01, 2015 $90,000
Crime Lab Associate Georgia Bureau of Investigation Decatur, GA Sep 30, 2011 $62,923 -
Lab Associate Nanostellar, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 25, 2012 $61,984
PD & TS Laboratory Associate Norwich Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Norwich, NY Sep 18, 2013 $60,211
Laboratory Associate EMES Professional Associates, PC Cranford, NJ Apr 30, 2015 $60,195
Laboratory Associate Bioquiddity Incorporated San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2016 $60,000 -
Clinical Laboratory Associate (Qa/Ac) Unipack Inc. Belleville, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $56,000
Clinical Laboratory Associate (Qa/Ac) Unipack Inc. Belleville, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $56,000
Associate Research Lab Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Dallas, TX Aug 15, 2009 $50,485
Laboratory Associate EMES Professional Associates Cranford, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $46,717
Laboratory Associate EMES Professional Associates Cranford, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $46,093
Laboratory & Reserach Associate Institute for Advanced Learning & Research Danville, VA Sep 01, 2011 $43,998
Lab Associate EMES Professional Associates Cranford, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $42,053
Laboratory Associate Arteriocyte Inc. Cleveland, OH Oct 01, 2012 $42,000
Clinical Laboratory Associate (Quality Assurance) Labconnect, LLC Jackson, TN Sep 01, 2015 $40,331
Clinical Laboratory Associate (Quality Assurance) Labconnect, LLC Johnson City, TN Sep 01, 2015 $40,331
Laboratory Associate New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology Socorro, NM Dec 09, 2013 $38,985
Bio-Analytical Lab Associate Sannova Analytical, Inc. Somerset, NJ Aug 28, 2014 $38,896 -
Laboratory Associate FB Laboratories Inc. Hauppauge, NY May 04, 2015 $38,700
Laboratory Associate FB Laboratories, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Oct 01, 2015 $38,000
Teaching Laboratory Associate Iowa State University of Science and Technology Ames, IA Sep 04, 2014 $37,000
Teaching Laboratory Associate Iowa State University of Science and Technology Ames, IA Jul 19, 2010 $35,210
Laboratory Associate Theranos, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 23, 2014 $35,000 -
Lab Associate Etonbio Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 18, 2013 $32,400

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Top Laboratory Associate Skills

  1. Laboratory Procedures
  2. Photo Lab Equipment
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed routine laboratory procedures, keep work environment clean.
  • Processed photo orders, sold cameras, maintained photo lab equipment.
  • Maintained precise accuracy of a till while providing excellent customer service to guest checking out and paying for their merchandise.
  • Followed established procedures for patient identification and specimen collection based test orders.
  • Trained in basic cell isolation and cell culture procedures and methods.

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