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 experimentscollect, classify and preserve specimens and sampleswater and observe plants, and feed and observe animals in laboratoriesperform 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 contaminationcarry out experimental procedures and monitor processesinspect and test animals and plants for diseasesperform routine mathematical calculations and prepare graphsuse computers and computer-interfaced equipmentcarry 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.