H.O.T. GUIDE
Health Occupations
& Technology

Laboratory Technician

To be a successful Laboratory Technician you should…

  • possess good analytical judgment
  • be able to work under pressure
  • have the ability to pay close attention to detail

What will my job be like?

Laboratory technicians are responsible for performing a wide variety of research and/or developmental laboratory tasks and experiments, making detailed observations, analyzing data, and interpreting results. The laboratory technician maintains laboratory equipment and inventory levels for laboratory supplies. They may also write reports, summaries, and protocols regarding experiments. A laboratory technician also performs limited troubleshooting and calibration of instruments.


Where could I work?

Laboratory technicians work as part of a team at universities, hospitals, or in research and testing laboratories.

Other workplace settings:
  • Clinics and Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Federal, State, and Local Governments
  • National Institutes of Health
  • U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, and Defense

What is the average annual salary?

$54,200


What is the future of this career?

According to the BLS, employment of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 25,900 openings for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

An entry-level laboratory technician position requires an associate degree and two years of experience, or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant life science discipline (i.e., biology, botany, biochemistry, or chemistry).


Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Albertus Magnus College, New Haven
  • Middlesex Community College, Middletown
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson
  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden
  • University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • University of New Haven, New Haven
  • University of St. Joseph, West Hartford
  • Yale University, West Haven

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.


Where can I get more information?

Association of Clinical Research Professionals
610 Madison Street, Suite 101 – #613
Alexandria, VA   22314
(703) 254-8100
www.acrpnet.org