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.
Overall employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.
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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