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.
Laboratory technicians work as part of a team at universities, hospitals, or in research and testing laboratories.
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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.
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).
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
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