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

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.7%

NSW 32.7%

NT 0.8%

QLD 27.5%

SA 4.6%

TAS 2.5%

VIC 20.6%

WA 9.7%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 43.2%

Female 56.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 15.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 5.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 28.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 25.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 32.7%

Above 35 years: 66.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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