Job group: Laboratory technicians

Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.

How this information can help you

If you know what is happening in the labour market, it can help you to make realistic decisions about:

  • what you want to do in your career
  • what industry you want to work in
  • how much you need to earn
  • where you want to work
  • qualifications and training you’ll need to do your job

The information on this page will give you the facts you need to help you make those decisions.

Source: LMI for all. Read more about our information sources.

This information is based on past employment trends. It may not reflect up-to-date information about the job market, particularly the impact of Covid-19. This information can help you make a career decision but should not be your only reason for making a career choice.

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Future job growth

This information tells you whether jobs in a sector are likely to go up or down in the future.

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Top industries in this job group

Find out which sectors or industries are the biggest employers of the job you are interested in. This can help you look for vacancies in the right places.

Industries Employment
Education 24,751
Health 11,801
Architectural & related 10,497
Scientific research 8,054
Public admin. & defence 4,474
Wholesale trade 4,162
Specialised construction 3,368
Coke & refining; Chemicals,etc 2,750
Food products 2,075
Advertising, etc 2,015

Employment by region

See which areas of the country have the most opportunities for the job you want to do. It can help you weigh up whether you're likely to get a job near home or if you could improve your chances by moving or travelling to another area.

Region Employment
East Midlands (England) 6,742
East of England 10,071
London 11,286
North East (England) 4,260
North West (England) 11,097
South East (England) 14,803
South West (England) 8,350
West Midlands (England) 8,185
Yorkshire and the Humber 8,401

Qualification level

Explore the typical qualification level held by people in this job group. This can help you to see what sorts of skills and training you might need.

Level 6

The majority of people employed in this role will hold a BA/BSc degree with honours, degree apprenticeship, graduate diploma or level 6 NVQ.

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