School Laboratory Technicians prepare experiments and demonstrations, make up solutions, prepare slides, order books and equipment, and tidy up laboratories in support of teaching chemistry, earth sciences, life sciences and physical sciences.

    You usually need a formal qualification in laboratory technology or a related science field to work as a School Laboratory Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for School Laboratory Technicians.

    Tasks

    • Prepares experiments and demonstrations for science classes.

    All Science Technicians

    • $1,500 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    School Laboratory Technicians

    • 2,700 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 39 hours Average full-time
    • 50 years Average age
    • 82% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as School Laboratory Technicians (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 2,600 in 2011 to 2,700 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: School Laboratory Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (49%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 39 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (69%).
    • Gender: 82% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training99.3
    Public Administration and Safety0.3
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.2
    Other Services0.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSchool Laboratory TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW23.931.6
    VIC27.625.6
    QLD22.320.0
    SA7.37.0
    WA13.910.8
    TAS2.42.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT2.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSchool Laboratory TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.7-5.05.0
    20-244.1-9.39.3
    25-349.4-22.922.9
    35-4417.2-22.022.0
    45-5434.3-21.621.6
    55-5916.7-9.09.0
    60-6411.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationSchool Laboratory TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate15.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree34.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma22.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV13.3-21.121.1
    Year 129.2-18.118.1
    Year 112.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.7-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in laboratory technology or a related science field to work as a School Laboratory Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for School Laboratory Technicians.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Biology

      78% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    2. Chemistry

      64% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    3. Computers and electronics

      57% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. Mathematics

      54% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. English language

      53% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Indoors, heat controlled

      98% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      91% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      91% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Electronic mail

      85% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    5. Freedom to make decisions

      81% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4021.00 - Biological Technicians.

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