How to become a Physical Science Technical Officer

Physical science technical officers support scientists in the physical sciences. They perform laboratory tests on solids, liquids and gases, analyse test data and carry out a range of technical functions. Work in physical science areas such as physics, chemistry, biotechnology and engineering is usually undertaken in support of other scientists.

Personal requirements for a Physical Science Technical Officer

  • Enjoy scientific activities
  • Good observation skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Good organisational skills
  • Able to produce accurate and detailed work.

Duties & Tasks of a Physical Science Technical Officer

Physical science technical officers may perform the following tasks:

  • Prepare materials, products and equipment for experiments and surveys
  • Monitor supplies of materials and ensure they are adequate
  • Undertake complex experiments, often following strict testing and analysing procedures
  • Perform routine mathematical calculations
  • Compile data, and prepare and use charts and diagrams
  • Use computers and computer-interfaced equipment
  • Carry out routine quality assurance checks on production line materials and samples
  • Assist in preparing technical reports and documents for publication
  • Take responsibility for ensuring that prescribed procedures are followed in experiments or production processes.

Working conditions for a Physical Science Technical Officer

They work in the field, on the production line and in laboratories, and may work alone or in a team. 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.


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Physical Science Technical Officer

Physical science technical officers support scientists in the physical sciences. They perform laboratory tests on solids, liquids and gases, analyse test data and carry out a range of technical functions. Work in physical science areas such as physics, chemistry, biotechnology and engineering is usually undertaken in support of other scientists.

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