The level of education needed for Laboratory Technicians can vary greatly depending on the role. Some employers may accept an Associate level degree, others may prefer a Bachelor’s level degree, typically in a science subject such as:
- biomedical science
- environmental science
- forensic science
- materials science/technology
Some employers prefer a graduate, and having a relevant degree may improve your chances, particularly if competition is high. Generally, a postgraduate qualification is not required.
Depending on the country, entry without a degree is often possible as you can also find work as a laboratory technician through an apprenticeship.
Companies will often provide training for the specific duties they require of employees to ensure they are carried out in full compliance with internal and external regulations.
If you are already a Laboratory Technician but want to retrain for other science roles in Development, Manufacturing, and Quality in the Pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, check out our Conversion Course into Science Roles in Pharma.
Depending on your previous experience, here are some of the most common job titles we see advertised;
- Quality control – Quality Control Associate, QC Associate, Quality Control (QC) Technician, QC Specialist, QC Analyst, QC Scientist, QC Specialist -LIMS
- Quality assurance – Quality Assurance Specialist, QA Associate, Quality Assurance (QA) Technician, QA Specialist, QA Compliance Specialist, QMS/QA Specialist
- Development – Tech Transfer Scientist Jobs, Process Technology Transfer Scientist, Transfer Scientist, Product and Process development scientists
- Science roles that support manufacturing – Microbiology/Particle Analyst, Environmental Microbiologist, Bioprocessing Scientist, Production Scientist, Process Scientist / Specialist – Purification, Process Scientist / Specialist – In-Process Control