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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

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 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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Senior Laboratory Technician jobs

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Senior Laboratory Technician Career Paths

Senior Laboratory Technician
Research Associate Instructor Assistant Director
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Research Specialist Senior Scientist Senior Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Research Specialist Scientist Project Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Chemist Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Associate Scientist Senior Scientist Group Leader
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Supervisor Laboratory Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Supervisor Operations Manager Business Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Inspector Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Associate Scientist Scientist Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Scientist Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Chemist Analytical Chemist
Senior Chemist
7 Yearsyrs
Scientist Research Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Research Scientist
Senior Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Project Manager General Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Analytical Chemist Quality Control Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Laboratory Manager 3.8 years
Chemist Lead 2.9 years
Laboratory Analyst 2.8 years
Laboratory Chemist 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 4.0%
Chemist 3.0%
Technician 2.7%
Supervisor 1.8%
Top Employers After
Chemist 6.8%
Scientist 6.4%
Technician 4.1%
Supervisor 3.9%

Senior Laboratory Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

58.1%

Female

39.3%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

77.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.8%

French

9.2%

Russian

6.2%

Portuguese

4.6%

Hindi

3.1%

German

3.1%

Polish

3.1%

Swedish

1.5%

Telugu

1.5%

Turkish

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Welsh

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Navajo

1.5%

Tamil

1.5%

Uzbek

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%
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Senior Laboratory Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.0%

Johns Hopkins University

11.2%

University of Florida

7.9%

University of Kentucky

6.5%

Northeastern University

4.7%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.2%

Delaware Technical and Community College

4.2%

University of Delaware

4.2%

George Washington University

3.7%

University of Cincinnati

3.7%

Kean University

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

University of California - Davis

3.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.7%

University of Memphis

3.7%

Drexel University

3.7%

University of South Florida

3.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.3%
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Majors

Biology

22.5%

Chemistry

17.5%

Business

9.9%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.1%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

3.8%

Medical Technician

3.7%

Environmental Science

3.5%

Biotechnology

3.4%

Chemical Engineering

3.1%

Microbiology

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Pharmacy

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Public Health

2.2%

Computer Science

2.1%

Management

2.0%

Animal Science

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Chemical Technology

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.9%

Other

20.2%

Masters

18.9%

Associate

11.1%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Laboratory Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior IVF Laboratory Technician Integramed America San Ramon, CA Apr 22, 2016 $100,000
Senior IVF Laboratory Technician Integramed America, Inc. San Ramon, CA Nov 19, 2015 $100,000
Senior Research Technologist III Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Jul 17, 2013 $76,336
Senior Research Technologist Fresh Express, Inc. Salinas, CA Sep 12, 2015 $69,638
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $67,600
Senior Research Technologist Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Sep 02, 2014 $66,560
SR. Lab Technician Sinclair Services Company Sinclair, WY Sep 08, 2015 $66,165
Senior Research Technologist General Hospital Corporation Cambridge, MA Dec 12, 2016 $66,000
Senior Research Technologist Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Aug 01, 2014 $65,280
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Mar 01, 2015 $65,000
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Aug 03, 2015 $62,000
SR. Research Technologist Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Sep 26, 2015 $61,609
Senior Laboratory Service Technician Texas State University San Marcos, TX Apr 30, 2016 $61,356
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Nov 01, 2015 $60,000
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Jul 25, 2016 $49,500
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Feb 01, 2013 $49,440
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Dec 16, 2016 $49,440
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY May 31, 2016 $49,440
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Aug 01, 2014 $49,373
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Mar 10, 2014 $49,023
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Sep 23, 2013 $49,000
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $48,955
Senior Research Technologist St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Aug 01, 2015 $44,491 -
$68,963
Senior Research Technologist St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Jan 29, 2016 $44,491 -
$68,963
SR. Research Technologist St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Nov 30, 2015 $44,491 -
$68,963
SR. Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Jan 10, 2013 $43,992
SR. Research Technologist St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Oct 06, 2014 $43,619 -
$67,611
SR. Research Technologist St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Mar 23, 2015 $43,619 -
$67,611
Senior Research Technician The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Jul 08, 2013 $43,500

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Top Skills for A Senior Laboratory Technician

LabEquipmentLabProceduresSafetyProceduresAnalyticalMethodsWetChemistryRawMaterialsCellCulturePHMetersHplcRISOTestDataDNATestResultsPCRGCLabTechniciansLabSuppliesLimsChromatography

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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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