Technician (Science)

Science Technicians are part of the backbone of research. Used as assistants to record data, set up experiments, and even design basic research experiments, a science technician can and may do it all. Staying on your feet and being highly organized are musts for this mentally demanding job.

Duties and tasks

  • Creating and conducting experiments as needed by other researchers
  • Creation and implementation of teaching plans (if in the teaching field)
  • Maintenance of science related equipment as needed for research
  • Presentation of found data in a useful, riveting, and appropriate manner such as graphs, charts, or other visual representations
  • Set up science experiments in an appropriate manner for the given experiment

Skills required

  • Ability to follow directions and set-up an experiment in the proper manner
  • Detail orientation for intricate experiments and set-up
  • Knowledge and ability to work with specimens of all types related to the field in which one is employed
  • Organisational skills to control for factors in experiments while completing tedious work
  • Patience for fieldwork or other research that may be lengthy and require long term commitment

Working conditions

Working conditions for a Science Technician will vary based on the type of research undertaken. Some fieldwork may be done outdoors with plants and insects, while others can be completed in an indoor lab. Working hours will also vary dependent on what is being studied as creatures that only come out at night will need to be studied at night. It is likely that some holidays or weekends will be included in the schedule and all weather conditions could be faced if working outdoors.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Medical Scientists

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