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Become A Senior Laboratory Technician

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Working As A Senior 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 Senior Laboratory Technician Do

A Senior Laboratory Technician is responsible for supervising and coordinating scientific investigations and experiments. They supervise staff, provide technical support, and construct, maintain, and operate standard laboratory equipment.

How To Become A Senior 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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Real Senior Laboratory Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior IVF Laboratory Technician Integramed America, Inc. San Ramon, CA Nov 19, 2015 $100,000
Senior IVF Laboratory Technician Integramed America San Ramon, CA Apr 22, 2016 $100,000
SR. Lab Technician Sinclair Services Company Sinclair, WY Sep 08, 2015 $66,165
Senior Laboratory Technician Medical Neurogenetics, LLC Atlanta, GA Mar 01, 2010 $60,000
Senior College Laboratory Technician The City College of New York New York, NY Jan 01, 2015 $57,581
Senior Lab Technologist Algenol Biofuels, Inc. Fort Myers, FL Dec 15, 2010 $56,000
Senior College Laboratory Technician The City University of New York (City College) New York, NY Jan 01, 2012 $54,608 -
$64,905
Senior College Laboratory Technician The City University of New York (City College) New York, NY May 01, 2011 $53,122 -
$64,905
Senior Lab Technician Temple University--A Commonwealth University Philadelphia, PA Apr 25, 2016 $48,942
Senior Lab Technician/Lab Manager University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT May 16, 2016 $45,074
Senior Lab Technician Temple University--A Commonwealth University Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2009 $43,172
Senior Lab Technician (Physiology) Temple University--A Commonwealth University Philadelphia, PA Jan 18, 2010 $43,172
Senior Lab Technician (Physiology) Temple University--A Commonwealth University Philadelphia, PA Jan 15, 2010 $43,172
Senior Laboratory Technician/Chemist Hazen Research, Inc. Golden, CO Sep 04, 2013 $41,928
Lab/Research Technician SR The University of Vermont Burlington, VT Dec 07, 2014 $41,740
Laboratory/Research Technician, Senior The University of Vermont Burlington, VT Apr 28, 2014 $40,409
Senior Laboratory Technician Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Saint Louis, MO Feb 20, 2012 $40,000
Research Technician Senior University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jun 16, 2016 $38,495
Senior Laboratory Technician Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Saint Louis, MO Jan 09, 2012 $38,000
Research Technologist, SR. University of Louisville Louisville, KY Oct 01, 2015 $37,740
Senior Laboratory Technician Health Research, Inc. Albany, NY Feb 01, 2010 $37,127
Research Technician Senior University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jun 16, 2013 $37,000
Research Technologist SR. University of Louisville Louisville, KY Mar 17, 2011 $36,700
Senior Laboratory Technician Unimin Corporation Brentwood, TN Sep 22, 2011 $36,100 -
$42,404

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Top Skills for A Senior Laboratory Technician

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Top Senior Laboratory Technician Skills

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Lab Procedures
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Directed and trained laboratory technicians in the use of lab equipment and inspection tools.
  • Trained lab assistant, contractors and summer employees on lab procedures and analysis.
  • Complied with all environmental and safety procedures and regulations.
  • Developed analytical methods for various production units.
  • Helped set up three labs: Micro, Wet Chemistry, & Protein for new manufacturing facility.

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