How to become a Laboratory Worker

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.

Personal requirements of a Laboratory Worker

  • 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

Education & Training for a Laboratory Worker

To become a laboratory worker you usually have to complete a traineeship in Laboratory Skills or Laboratory Techniques. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school. You can also become a laboratory worker by completing a VET qualification in laboratory skills, laboratory techniques or laboratory technology. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. For further details, visit

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