A lab technician assists scientists in their research through a range of clinical tasks. You might be involved with the processing and storage of samples, preparing, cleaning and maintaining lab equipment and performing repeated scientific tests.
In terms of qualifications, lab technician staff are more than likely to have a science-based degree or a degree closely related to the subject of your potential employers work.
There are lab technician training courses which blend theory and practical skills but the best candidates will be educated to degree level.
To be successful, you'll certainly need to have a good working knowledge of the processes your potential employer is involved in and the associated chemicals you could come into contact with.
If your career goal is become a research scientist, you might find that gaining experience as a lab technician could be the springboard to new opportunities, either within the same organisation, or elsewhere.
Depending on the size of your employer, and your relevant experience, you could earn anywhere between £11k and £30k as a lab technician.
The role of lab technician can take you all over the world if you secure a post with one of the global pharmaceutical companies like GSK or AstraZenica who have offices not just across the UK but throughout Europe and the United States.