A teaching laboratory technician works in all kinds of educational institutions including secondary schools, further education colleges and universities. Their tasks involve supporting the work of science teachers/lecturers and their students to ensure that they:
The role mainly involves providing technical support, ensuring that equipment is functioning properly and is ready to use, and that the right materials are available for particular lessons.
Sometimes laboratory technicians work closely with students to explain or demonstrate experiments or how to use equipment as well as helping teachers with a class and supporting individual students on research projects.
The role of scientific laboratory technician is similar to the teaching technician but they tend to work more in large public limited companies, in industry, hospitals, specific government departments or government-funded research institutions, environmental agencies and research.