Laboratory workers assist scientists, engineers, technical officers and other laboratory staff by collecting and preparing samples, carrying out experiments, making measurements with scientific equipment, recording results and presenting them for critical analysis.
Duties & Tasks
Laboratory workers may perform the following tasks:clean, maintain and set up equipment for use in experiments
collect, classify and preserve specimens and samples
water and observe plants, and feed and observe animals in laboratories
perform diagnostic and other scientific tests on specimens (such as animal and plant tissues or food and water samples), in order to identify chemicals, minerals, cellular or other constituents, bacterial content and chemical contamination
carry out experimental procedures and monitor processes
inspect and test animals and plants for diseases
perform routine mathematical calculations and prepare graphs
use computers and computer-interfaced equipment
carry out routine quality assurance checks on production line samples and materials.
Laboratory workers work in the field, on the process-production line and in the laboratory. They may work in a team or alone.par Depending on the type of laboratory, they may handle dangerous or hazardous materials. Safety awareness and compliance with regulations is important. Protective clothing and equipment is usually provided.
enjoy scientific activities
able to produce accurate and detailed work
good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
able to work as part of a team.