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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

  • $58,196

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Laboratory Technician Do

Chemical technicians use laboratory instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, produce, and test chemical products and processes.

Duties

Chemical technicians typically do the following:

  • Monitor chemical processes and test the quality of products to make sure that they meet standards and specifications
  • Set up and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment
  • Troubleshoot production problems or malfunctioning instruments
  • Prepare chemical solutions
  • Conduct chemical and physical experiments, tests, and analyses for a variety of purposes, including research and development
  • Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses
  • Prepare technical reports, graphs, and charts, and give presentations that summarize their results

Most chemical technicians work on teams. Typically, they are led by chemists or chemical engineers who direct their work and evaluate their results. For example, some chemical technicians help chemists and other scientists develop new medicines. Others help chemical engineers develop more efficient production processes.

Chemical technicians’ duties and titles often depend on where they work. The following are the two main types of chemical technicians:

Laboratory technicians typically help scientists conduct experiments and analyses. Often, they prepare chemical solutions, test products for quality and performance, and analyze compounds produced through complex chemical processes. Chemical laboratory technicians may analyze samples of air and water to monitor pollution levels. Laboratory technicians usually set up and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments.

Processing technicians monitor the quality of products and processes at chemical manufacturing facilities. For example, they adjust processing equipment to improve production efficiency and output. They also collect samples from production batches, which then are tested for impurities and other defects. In addition, processing technicians test product packaging to make sure that it is well designed, will hold up well, and will have a limited impact on the environment.

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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.

Education

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.

Training

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.

Advancement

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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Quality Laboratory Technician Career Paths

Quality Laboratory Technician
Quality Technician Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Supervisor Quality Assurance Supervisor Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Technician Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager Production Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Quality Assurance Technician
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Production Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Quality Control Analyst
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager CMM Programmer Quality Engineer
Quality Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Supervisor Quality Control Manager
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chemist Analytical Chemist
Senior Chemist
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Chemist Analytical Chemist
Senior Laboratory Analyst
5 Yearsyrs
Chemist Quality Control Analyst Microbiologist
Senior Microbiologist
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Technician 3.6 years
Laboratory Analyst 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.9%
Cashier 4.5%
Technician 3.2%
Operator 2.7%
Top Employers After
Manager 3.9%
Chemist 3.3%
Technician 2.9%
Supervisor 2.5%

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Quality Laboratory Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

51.2%

Female

46.8%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.7%

Chinese

8.5%

French

4.3%

Portuguese

2.1%

Khmer

2.1%

German

2.1%

Dakota

2.1%

Bulgarian

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Gujarati

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Thai

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%
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Quality Laboratory Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.0%

Grand Rapids Community College

6.0%

Drexel University

6.0%

Owens Community College

5.0%

Michigan State University

5.0%

Ohio State University

5.0%

University of California - Davis

5.0%

Strayer University

5.0%

Iowa State University

5.0%

Indiana State University

5.0%

Greenville Technical College

5.0%

Wayne State University

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

Fox Valley Technical College

4.0%

Northern Kentucky University

4.0%

Eastern Mennonite University

4.0%

Calhoun Community College

4.0%

Hopkinsville Community College

4.0%

Austin Community College

4.0%

Baker College

4.0%
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Majors

Biology

22.1%

Business

18.3%

Chemistry

13.1%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.1%

Management

3.1%

Pharmacy

2.9%

Environmental Science

2.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.9%

Computer Science

2.7%

Microbiology

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

General Studies

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Food Science

2.0%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Other

24.2%

Associate

15.6%

Masters

7.8%

Certificate

6.7%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Quality Laboratory Technician

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  1. Lab
  2. Quality Standards
  3. Laboratory Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed Quality Lab, conducted Metallurgical testing to include destructive testing.
  • Rejected materials that did not meet quality standards and isolated sub-quality materials from production and shipping.
  • Train other analysts to perform laboratory procedures and assays.
  • Conduct routine and non-routine analyses of in-process materials, raw materials, environmental samples, finished goods, or stability samples.
  • Completed microbiological and pathogen analysis of ingredients and finished products to ensure food safety.

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