Laboratory technician

A laboratory technician provides technical assistance, surveillance and epidemiological data to assist our clients in the investigation of outbreaks, justice and coronial matters, and events of public or environmental health importance.

There are always unexpected samples or isolates turning up for investigation. One day you could be testing water from swimming pools, the next you could be testing samples from a possible bioterrorism threat. The types of samples we receive include blood, urine, food, soil, drugs and water, and many other unusual materials.

The work is varied and as such there is potential for a technician to specialise in a particular aspect of work and become a leader in their field.

Qualifications

To be a laboratory technician at Forensic and Scientific Services, you will need an Associate Diploma (Diploma of Laboratory Technology). Additional tertiary studies in science at a degree or master's level is highly valued, though not mandatory.

Opportunities

Laboratory technicians can be found at Forensic and Scientific Services in microbiology, virology, organic chemistry, forensic chemistry and forensic toxicology.

Job vacancies are advertised on the Smart Jobs website.

Duties

  • Performing routine analysis and testing of biological samples in response to personal health and safety, food contamination/spoilage, infectious disease outbreaks and public health issues
  • Developing a library of cultures
  • Accepting, storing, retrieving and disposing of specimen samples
  • Working with, and maintaining, a range of laboratory equipment, computers and software
  • Assisting in the development and application of new technologies within the laboratory
  • Undertaking continual professional development, quality and workplace health and safety activities

Pay and conditions

At Queensland Health, the Health Practitioners and Dental Officers Award applies to laboratory technicians.

You can review wage rates for health practitioners.

Last updated 16 December 2019