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Become A Quality Laboratory Technician

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Working As A Quality Laboratory Technician

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $44,660

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Laboratory Technician Do

A Quality Laboratory Technician ensures that lab procedures and equipment meet a certain standard, as well as monitors production. They maintain quality service and a safe and healthy work environment through following organization standards.

How To Become A Quality Laboratory Technician

Chemical technicians need an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary education for most jobs. Most chemical technicians also receive on-the-job training.


For most jobs, chemical technicians need an associate’s degree in applied science or chemical technology or 2 years of postsecondary education.

Many technical and community colleges offer programs in applied sciences or chemical technology. Students typically take classes in mathematics, physics, and biology, in addition to chemistry courses. Coursework in statistics and computer science is also useful, because technicians routinely do data analysis and modeling.

One of the most important aspects of any degree program is laboratory time. Laboratory coursework provides students with hands-on experience in conducting experiments and using various instruments and techniques properly. Many schools also offer internships and cooperative-education programs that help students gain employment experience while attending school.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Chemical technicians must be able to set up and operate sophisticated equipment and instruments. They also may need to adjust the equipment to ensure that experiments and processes are running properly and safely.

Analytical skills. Chemical technicians must be able to conduct scientific experiments with accuracy and precision.

Communication skills. Chemical technicians must explain their work to scientists and engineers, and to workers who may not have a technical background. They often write reports to communicate their results.

Critical-thinking skills. Chemical technicians reach their conclusions through sound reasoning and judgment.

Interpersonal skills. Chemical technicians must be able to work well with others as part of a team because they often work with scientists, engineers, and other technicians.

Observation skills. Chemical technicians must carefully monitor chemical experiments and processes. They must keep complete records of their work, including conditions, procedures, and results.

Time-management skills. Chemical technicians often work on multiple tasks and projects at the same time and must be able to prioritize their assignments.


Most chemical technicians receive on-the-job training. Typically, experienced technicians teach new employees proper methods and procedures for conducting experiments and operating equipment. The length of training varies with the new employee’s level of experience and education and the industry the worker is employed in.


Technicians who have a bachelor’s degree may advance to positions as chemical engineers or chemists. For more information, see the profiles on chemical engineers and chemists and materials scientists.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Vietnamese

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Cantonese

  • Carrier

  • Hindi

  • Serbian

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Urdu

  • Gujarati

  • Somali

  • Khmer

  • Ukrainian

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Real Quality Laboratory Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Scientist II, QC Lab Tech Services (LTS) Impax Laboratories, Inc. Hayward, CA Aug 25, 2016 $97,490 -
Food Science QA Laboratory Technician Coordinator CSC Sugar Refining Services, LLC Fort Worth, TX Sep 30, 2016 $56,784
Food Science QA Laboratory Technician Coordinator CSC Sugar Refining Services, LLC Fort Worth, TX Apr 08, 2016 $56,784
Quality Lab Technician Belkin International Inc. Vista, CA Oct 17, 2011 $55,000
QC Lab Tech II Kalsec, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI Aug 11, 2016 $48,223
Quality Control and Lab Tech DR. Reddy's Laboratories, Louisiana LLC Shreveport, LA Oct 01, 2012 $46,405
Quality Assurance Lab Technician Felbro Foods Compton, CA Sep 14, 2013 $45,079
Quality Control Lab Technician Horizon AG Products, LP Cuba, NM Oct 01, 2011 $44,100

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Top Skills for A Quality Laboratory Technician


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Top Quality Laboratory Technician Skills

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Raw Materials
  3. Laboratory Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Acquired ISO 17025, compliance to carry out testing and calibration of lab equipment.
  • Collected samples of various samples of incoming raw materials and finished products manufactured by the company.
  • Managed quality control throughout laboratory procedures, accurately following procedures.
  • Collect and analyze samples using HPLC, spectrophotometer, pH meter, and other laboratory equipment as necessary.
  • Monitored rodent activity and audited the shop floor as per food safety.

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